Archive | February, 2015

Ground Cherries: A New Obsession

19 Feb

I’m inshopping-1trigued by these prolific, pineapple-tasting fruits. They grow like tomatoes and the fruits have been popular at Old Stone House/Washington Park garden near Benji’s school inGowanus. Here are some Ground Cherry (Physalis pruinosa) factoids collected from

Organic Gardening and Seed Savers.org:

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  • Easy to grow, prolific, and super sweet.
  • Plants have a sprawling habit
  • The ½-¾” fruits are encased in a papery husk that turns brown when the fruits ripen. Stores 3-4 weeks in the husk.
  • Ground cherries bear fruit about 70 days from transplant (late July to August) and continue until frost.
  • Can be used for preserves, pies, over ice cream, or in fresh fruit salads.
  • Excellent results when grown on landscape cloth, which suppresses weeds and makes fruit collecting easier.

ground cherry  Anyone else intrigued? 🙂        –Denise

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Anyone Else Seeing Cherry Tomato Sprouts?

12 Feb
Peacevine Cherry Tomato sprouts; 4 1/2 days after planting.

Peacevine Cherry Tomato sprouts; 4 1/2 days after planting.

These guys are under grow lights during the early evening, so they probably get 5-6 bonus hours of artificial light. Go tomatoes! –Denise

Seeds Are On Site!

7 Feb

What will you sow tomorrow?

Reminder: Workshop is Sunday at 1145am in the community room. Bring your own 1.5-2 liter plastic bottles, scissors and organic potting soil. We will have wicking material and organic , non-GMO seeds. RSVP to cvearthlab@gmailcvearthlab@gmail.com.com.

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Sunday, 11:45am, in the Community Room: Seed-Starting Workshop

4 Feb
seed-planting event 2.8.151145am

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