Lessons from the balcony: mid-summer

Hello and welcome to my first gardening post in a while! A recent dental surgery took me out of commission, but I'm happy to say that I'm back to the garden. For this post, I'm going to share with you my experience with gardening on a fire escape balcony so far, most importantly the plants …

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My favorite green spaces in Philly: The Glencairn Museum secret garden

All right, so technically, this is not in Philly... Glencairn museum is located in Bryn Athyn, a borough in Montgomery county, PA, just outside of Philadelphia. This community was formed in 1916 centered around the Bryn Athyn Cathedral. Bryn Athyn community originally belonged to the Swedenborgian Church, also known as the New Church. The Pitcairn …

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Harvesting a new batch of worm castings, plus an uninvited guest

You may wonder: when is a good time to harvest vermicompost from the lowest tray of  the worm house? Whenever the top tray starts looking this full: And so this weekend was the time for me to harvest my second-ever batch of worm castings! I'm still super excited, even though it was not the first …

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How to keep your worms alive in summer heat

When I was setting up my worm house, I was somewhat concerned that they may get uncomfortable out there on the balcony during the Philly summer heatwaves, but I was hoping they will make it through. As the temperatures climbed above 90F (32C), however, I have noticed that the wigglers are desperately trying to escape …

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Not sure how to eat radish seed pods? Pickle them!

This spring was unusually hot, and that's probably why a lot of my colder weather crops (radish, bok choy, spinach, arugula...) went to flower way to early. I've been staring at all those seed pods on the radishes, wondering what to do with them. Yes, I can (and will) save some seed for planting next …

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