Category Archives: Berries

Beets and Berries for Breakfast

When we eat from the industrial food system, we generally plan our meals in advance, or simply cruise the refrigerator.   With roof-top agriculture, one starts each meal with no pre-conceptions about the menu.  Instead, meal preparation starts with a pleasant … Continue reading

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First Berries

June 6 — A happy day, on which the first berries were harvested from the Battery Rooftop Garden: I’m not sure whether these are Fragaria “Sparkle,” “Allstar,” or “Seascape,” but in any case, eaten directly from the vine, they were … Continue reading

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Rhubarb!

I have just planted three Rheum rhabarbarum‘Victoria,’ a Rhubarb variety known for its sweet tender stalks, and not generally known as a green roof plant.    I am optimistic.   They now inhabit the center of the blackberry/raspberry patch, with deep humus-rich … Continue reading

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Spring Surprises

Last year’s broccoli and cauliflower plants were left in the rear beds for winter interest.  Who would have known (actually, many of you, I suspect) that these plants would not only survive the winter, but the heads would separate and … Continue reading

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Finally Spring

Many of the edible plants at Battery Rooftop Garden, such as the fruit trees and berry bushes, are new to rooftop gardening.   It was far from certain that they would survive the extreme conditions of the 35th floor in the … Continue reading

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Fall Colors on the Roof

So far so good.  The Alpines in the “Secret Garden” survived the summer.  Sedum album ‘Coral Carpet,’ below, puts on a brilliant fall display. The Stewartia, also a risky move for a green roof, seems to have survived the heat, … Continue reading

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September 21, 2010 — Breakfast

21 September 2010 — Breakfast  As Michael Polan reminds us, humans are nearly unique in the animal kingdom in having to ask themselves the question, “What shall I eat?”   I have taken the approach, at least at breakfast, in letting … Continue reading

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