Springtime in Chicago has been a cool, wet slog, but today we found signs of the harvest to come:
The tomatoes in their new 7-gal in 8-gal bucket SIPs are thriving. This has everything to do with transplanting Bruce's robust tomato starts into their SIPs early in the greenhouse and setting them out on May 25 as large plants. Today we poured a liter of compost tea into each tomato reservoir (from Art's amazing compost tea maker--more on that later), to urge them on.
Summer of Squash seeds (from a two-year-old packet) have finally sprouted, knocking some soil up onto the plastic. The power of plant energy is stunning.
Here's a Stupice tomato, one of the early varieties, ripening up, which seems like a miracle given our cloudy, rainy last few weeks.
And peapods have emerged from the pure white flowers that graced this Mammoth Melting Pea variety.
Finally, the broccoli Romanesco is setting its astonishing head. Click here to have a look at the mature plant.
I'm trying something new this year: overplanting a SIP that's finished hosting its original veggie. Here's the broccoli Green Goliath (with my pal Trish)...
..harvested and re-seeded with Climbing Emperor beans. These we hope will climb the arches Art designed. I didn't add fertilizer, reckoning that there might be enough remaining.