Start Yer Engines

by A.J. Coltrane

Today was “prep the Earthboxes for summer planting” day. Translated, that means: “Remove anything leftover, mix in dolomite, saturate the soil, and cover with plastic.

It actually wound up being a little easier this year, since I’d already removed the fertilizer strips from all but one box. The carrots, radishes, cilantro, and […]

Slugs 1, Coltrane 0

by A.J. Coltrane

Little did I know…

In mid-December the winter vegetables were about as big as they were going to get. On March 11 I decided to start harvesting. The March 11 link shows the one harvest of mache before it bolted. The pak choi bolted too. I was surprised that they bolted that fast. […]

The Beginning Of The Winter Harvest. In March.

by A.J. Coltrane

Well now I know: Sowing seeds in late September or early October yields basically nothing for months.

Pak Choi (left), Mache (right).

Pictured is a sample of some of the greens that were sown late last year. It’s about enough for a couple of salads and a nice stir-fry.

Very little […]

Container Garden Update — December 13, 2014

by A.J. Coltrane

We had set up the EarthBoxes with winter greens under the deck.

Unfortunately, the planting happened really late in the year, then we were blasted by 20 degree temperatures at night.

Stuff was recovering somewhat, but it’s all basically stalled. As it turns out, that location seems to receive too little sunlight. […]

Two Microclimates

by A.J. Coltrane

The nighttime temperatures dropped down to around 20F this week. There was no gradual decrease from warm, either. The evening temperatures went 40, 40, 40, 40, 20, 20, 20. There’s a marked difference in how the front yard plants have been handling the cold as compared to the back yard plants-

The front yard […]

Final EarthBox 2014 Recap — The Tomatoes And Tomatillos

by A.J. Coltrane

Previous post here. 2013 recap here.

Tomatillos — 21.2 pounds. Both of the tomatillos survived 2014. In 2013 one of the two plants died off midsummer. This year it may have helped that one variety had a vertical habit, and the other was sort of “droopy”. We also gave them “their own space” well […]

EarthBox 2014 Recap — The Oddballs

by A.J. Coltrane

Previous post here.

2013 Oddball Recap post here.

We’re getting closer to a four-season harvest from the EarthBoxes. As we’ve moved along we’ve learned that many of the Oddballs actually do best as cool-weather or winter plants. The overall yield should continue to improve as we figure out how to more tightly […]

EarthBox 2014 Recap — The Cucumbers And Zucchini

by A.J. Coltrane

2013 Cucumber and Zucchini recap here.

This summer, the cucumbers and zucchini boxes both blew/fell over. Nothing was damaged, but that’s the end of “it won’t happen to me” around here.

We went with the vining Tromboncino zucchini this year. We were rewarded with 20.5 pounds of fruit, up from 12 […]

EarthBox 2014 Recap — The Peppers

by A.J. Coltrane

2013 Pepper recap here.

The final 2014 harvest:

The 2013 harvest came to 22.2 pounds of peppers from 11 plants — 2 pounds per plant. This year we bumped it up to 18 plants and got 31.0 pounds. That’s 1.7 pounds per plant — a 15% reduction in yield, though that’s close enough […]

Container Garden Update — October 19, 2014

by A.J. Coltrane

Previous post here.

Row covers:

Everything is arranged under the deck. The afternoon and evening sun hits the boxes — I *think* there’s adequate light.

The south end. These boxes get direct afternoon sun for a couple of hours, at least:

The bit of green visible through the row cover: