Spring Planting 2011

Having considered the many lessons of our first season, the Battery Rooftop Garden is now implementing its second season planting plan.   Among the main things learned in 2010: 

  • the richness and depth of our soil allows us to achieve varieties and planting densities not possible with leaner and more conventional green roof soil mixes;
  • the real sun-lovers cannot live in the west-most beds, which lose the sun too early in the day;
  • celery is difficult;
  • potatoes need to start early and be mounded conscientiously;
  • zucchini on a roof is prone to mildew, perhaps because of the denseness of the planting.

Our planting plan for 2011 is as follows:

To be grown from seed:

  • Arugula
  • Bean, Empress
  • Bean, Providor
  • Bean, Contendor
  • Bean, Foremost
  • Beet, Chioggia
  • Beet, Detroit Red
  • Beet, Burpees Golden
  • Carrot, Purple Haze
  • Carrot, Atomic Red.
  • Carrot, St Valery
  • Leek, King Richard
  • Lettuces:  Focea, Cherokee, Panisse, Skyphos, Buttercrunch, Deer Tongue, Australe, Barbados.
  • Onions:  Forum, Red Zepplin, Candy, Copra.
  • Pea, Blue Podded
  • Peas, Sugar Snap
  • Pea, Alaska
  • Scallion, White Spear (heat tolerant).
  • Spinach. Bloomsdale Long Standing
  • Spinach, Monstrueux-de Viroflay
  • Watercress
  • Zucchini, Tondo Scuro di Piacenza (“Eight Ball”)
  • Zucchini, Costata Romana

To be grown using Greenmarket transplants:

  • Broccoli
  • Sorrel
  • Purple Cauliflower
  • Tomatoes
  • Peppers
  • Basil
  • Spinach
  • Malabar spinach
  • Kale:  Red Russian, Lacinato, Winterbor.

As of April 29, the beets, lettuce, onion sets, peas and spinach are in the ground.   Currently ready for harvest:  parsley, scallions, lettuce (started in the cold frame and transplanted a couple of weeks ago):

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