Saturday, June 20, 2009
On the Back Porch
I live in Hamnet Place in the neighborhood of Wilkinsburg (part of Pittsburgh) PA. We are lucky to live next to Garden Dreams, a nursery that sells many different varieties of mostly tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, greens, and herbs. If you live in the area, look them up at: www.mygardendreams.com. I bought a couple little guys in mid may and put them in pots on the porch. The tomatoes love the self watering containers that my boyfriend and i built and have grown much taller than i expected them to. We made the self-watering containers from plastic storage bins nested inside each other with a water resevoir in the bottom and a pipe to pour water down into. We got the plan from the amazing book The Urban Homestead by Kelly Coyne & Erik Knutzen, published by Process (their Self-Reliance Series), given to me by a good friend. In any case, it is June now and the peppers, eggplants, tomatoes, and herbs are enjoying their porch life. They take it pretty easy all day. The varieties are: Rosa Bianca (eggplant), Celebrity, Amish Paste, and Brandywine (tomatoes), Cherry Bomb and Thai Hot (hot peppers), and New Ace (sweet red pepper). Celebrity is good for pots, but actually all the varieties are doing well.