Category Archives: Vegetables

Rats on the roof!

No, not the dreaded Rattus rattus or any of its vile kin, but the wonderful Rat’s Tail Radish, or Raphanus caudatus: I have fed the seed pods of this plant, which looks like a cross between a green bean and a snap … Continue reading

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Contrast

We all know what a powerful thing it is to take man out of the city and into nature.   When an urban hipster – adapted to the ecological and cultural niche of Chelsea or Greenpoint – spends a week in … Continue reading

Posted in Design, Non-edible Bulbs, Ornamental Plants, Peaches, Photos, Rhubarb, Seen From the Battery Rooftop Garden | 1 Comment

Over-winter

This morning I picked some baby kale leaves from the enormous over-wintered kale shrub and some older leaves from the over-wintered sorrel, gave them two stirs in hot oil, and added two fresh eggs.   The result was so outstanding that your … Continue reading

Posted in Carrots, Cooking and Eating, Herbs, Kale, Soil, Weather | 2 Comments

What zone is this?

One of the first things that gardeners learn is their plant hardiness zone, a helpful construct of the USDA based on the expected low winter temperature.   Plant and seed catalogs helpfully tell us the coldest zone in which a plant will … Continue reading

Posted in Alpines in the Secret Garden, Chard, Kale, Ornamental Plants, Photos, Secret Garden, Weather | 3 Comments

Purple Haze

No friends, not the Jimi Hendrix song, and not the potent variety of Cannabis sativa ssp. sativa.  We’re talking carrots here.  It is November 4, with one only one more day of daylight savings time remaining, a snow storm and … Continue reading

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Green Zebras

Neighbors, please don’t call animal control.  The Battery Rooftop Gardener’s determination to push the boundaries of green roofs has not turned in a zoological direction.   “Green Zebra” is a variety of tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) which, according to Seed Savers, was … Continue reading

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Après le déluge

Plants on rooftop gardens are far more exposed to the elements than their ground-level cousins.   With Hurricane Irene heading directly for lower Manhattan, it was alarming to hear the experts explain that 75 mph winds at ground level translated to … Continue reading

Posted in Design, Failures, Malabar Spinach, Nectarines, Peaches, Photos, Roses, Structure, The Visionaire, Tomatoes, Weather | 4 Comments

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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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 … Continue reading

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Cold Frame Success

Although the cold frame was installed late (see previous post) and the first sowings of lettuce and spinach in January failed (see previous post), by late February my harvest of winter greens began in earnest.  A salad from March 1: … Continue reading

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