Garden Update

It may be the end of the summer gardening season, but the Lady Greenthumbs’ garden is thriving! Just returned from a trip to visit a dear friend in farmland and the Sunday Brooklyn harvest consists of: 6 cucumbers, 19 strawberries, 23 tomatoes, 3 precious summer squash, epic amounts of herbs and some cut flowers for the apartment.

This bounty has eliminated some of the pain endured after mourning the bush beans that have been fighting for their life for over 3 weeks.

Garden Update

WOW. A lot has happened in the Lady Greenthumbs’ garden and much of it is a miracle that it’s thriving. Thank you PachaMama for the greenthumbing journey!!!

It’s been raining on and off in Brooklyn for over two months. The beans and cucumber bushes are fighting for their lives, but on the mend. The soil is infested with fungus gnat larvae, but there is hope. The sun is making an appearance for the next few days so it’ll be a great opportunity to conquer the fungus gnat larvae army with a brew of crushed up mosquito dunks, ground cinnamon and Diatomaceous Earth. The zucchini and cucumber flowers are in need of pollination as they are feeling the effects of Colony Collapse Disorder. Will be self pollinating flowers in honor of the bees and a fruitful bounty.

In more exciting news, all this rain has kept my garden nemesis, the stink bug, infestation to a minimum. The leafy greens, strawberries, herbs and flowers are thriving and I have six tomatoes already in full motion.

Some of Lady Greenthumbs’ friends work with Orgone energy and we’ll be experimenting in the garden this summer. Stay tuned for an update on that.

Never a dull moment in the Ladygreenthumbs’ urban garden!


Countdown to Last Frost

I’m in the process of getting a grip as to when the danger of the last frost is lifted. While the weather thus far has proved to be unpredictable, I’ve got a ton of seeds to sow and soil to toil.

According to the National Environmental, Satellite, Data and information Services (NESDIS), frost risk is lifted by April 19th. According to the Farmer’s Almanac, danger of last frost is April 28th. After reviewing the weather and temperature statistics of both, I have come to the conclusion that Mama Nature is not as predictable as she used to be. For example, weather predictions from winter 2011-2012 were the opposite of what actually came to pass. The garden experienced a dry winter and has not encountered frost in months. The only statistic that was spot on was the wind. 2012 continues to be one of the windiest years in recent history. Eek!

The Lady Greenthumbs’ Garden Project is based in Brooklyn, NYC. Brooklyn is USDA Hardiness Zone 7b per the updated 2012 hardiness guidelines and is AHS Heat Zone 5. Going out on a limb to say the danger of last frost comes to an end around April 14th. Why? Lady Greenthumbs instinct says so. ☺


2012 USDA Hardiness Map – OSU