A Bit of a Planting Pause….

7 May

Status of raised garden bed lids as of Sun May 7th.

We Still Don’t Know Where Tall Plants Will Go

Until we meet with Edward and the supers later this week, we do not know which beds (if any) can accommodate climbing/tall plants that require staking.  (We also don’t know WHEN modified lids will be available to us.)

Latest plan for now:

Bed #8 is open at top. The snap peas are in #8 and I propose that we plant cucumbers there soon. We might fit one tomato plant + one pepper plant, Judith suggests adding rat-repelling plants like onion around the edges.

Tomatoes will go in standalone containers — black square one, large round one near shed, 1-2 of the standalone pots can be elevated on tree stumps and placed where the metal bed was. (Great sunlight) 

Consider Companion Planting Factors

Notes about what is where/ what cannot share a bed

#4 Corner Bed Near 195 Adams St: Kale, chives, parsley. (add arugula, lettuces?)

#5 Empty/no lid. Potato bag placed on atop hardware cloth (Probably room for 1-2 pots, NOTE: This has no lid and may not get one soon)

#6 Cutting Flowers Bed – No Food (lowest sides and most likely to be contaminated if/when lid is removed) Claire and Amy planted seeds + transplanted cosmos, marigolds, echinacea, salvia and others here) Markers to come.

#7 (Low sides/no cover, next 2 strawberry towers) Sunflowers, bachelor buttons (no food)

#8 (Coop-like contraption, open top) Snap peas, arugula, carrots, some flowers (consider in a few weeks, putting one tomato, one pepper plant here; moving arugula to #4).

#9 Empty for now, but soil is prepped; currently holding flats of flowers/herbs

#10 Empty, no soil. Holding flower/herb flats

Other notes:

Compost will be added to each bed when NYC Dept of Sanitation delivers pallet sometime this month

+Bottom of bed #8 must be attached to bed w staple gun (Need to get back from Mgt)


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