Thursday, March 26, 2009

The Community Garden and My Plants






The above photos are of my ecological agriculture building a community garden in Binghamton, NY. Half of my class went this past Tuesday (when I went) and put up a fence, laid leaves down between the beds, and built a couple compost bins. It was a lot of fun! I haven't done fun construction stuff like that since last summer when I worked on the farm in Montana.

The other photos are of the plants growing in my room at 5wks old.

After the seedlings 4th week of life we had a few too many to be able to fit in the number of pots that we had so I got to take some home! I put them on my windowsill which gets some direct light but not enough. I am a very beginner "gardener" (don't know if i can technically call myself that) and I live in a college dorm so I don't have any typical tools. I know that lights help plants so I have been keeping my lamp (in the photo above) on the plants so they only get about 7 hrs of darkness. The tomato plants started out about the same size but the one that has been receiving the most light has really taken off! I also try to talk to them and play music to encourage them! I have seen a couple aphids on them and a couple tiny black flies but i squished them as soon as I saw them and they haven't reappeared since.

I felt that the tomato plant that got a lot bigger probably needed a bigger container but i didn't have anything so I found one of my apartment-mate's liter soda bottles in the recycling, washed it and cut it so I could use it as a planter. I am a bit worried about toxins leaching from the plastic. Does anyone know anything about whether there is a significant amount of that? I looked up the concept of using soda bottles online and found that a lot of people use them, especially in urban agriculture! yay! The plant looks a lot happier in the bigger container. I feel like it can breathe a lot better and this way the roots have more room to move and grow.

3 comments:

  1. Hi, lovely blog. It's lovely to see some urban gardening going on.It's great to get into gardening wherever you are. It's also amazing what you can grow in tiny spaces.

    I wouldn't worry about the soda bottles leaching toxins. Like you say LOTS of people use them. Putting the extra soil in will help the plant a lot.

    Don't forget that you can easily sprout seeds for eating sprouted indoors and have herbs on the windowsills - even in a dorm.

    Thanks for following my blog. Hope you enjoy it.

    Your course seems great fun (did an Environmental Stduies degree myself - but we never got to plant veg - maybe they're more enlightened now.)

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  2. Sounds like a good day. Its all looking great.

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  3. Hey there! thanks so much for the feedback- it's very encouraging! It's funny because i've been interested for a while in sprouting seeds for eating and i think that is definitely something that i could easily do so i'm going to do it! if either of you have any suggestions about where to get good seed for sprouts I would appreciate the input. =)

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