It may be a stretch trying to tie in doughnuts to a nature and gardening blog, but here goes:
Wicker Park+Asrai Garden+Enoch’s Doughnuts
See, the word “garden” is in there!
If you’ve never been to Asrai Garden, you ought to pop in next time you need a little something. The small florist on North Ave. in Wicker Park carries non-standard options for floral arrangements as well as stand-out handmade & unusual gifts. Mossy terrariums, fiber art from New York, candles that make you go “whoah”, & other odd little thingies.
But get this- in a few weeks they will be hosting the pop-up shop of Enoch’s Doughnuts. Enoch’s don’t look or taste like other doughnuts in the schoolyard. They run with scissors. They sniff glue. They kick dirt at bullies. And they are perfect just the way they are.
I’m shocked at what Enoch does with sweet potatoes and blueberries. There ought to be a law against these things so we can all break it frequently.
photo courtesy of Enoch's Doughnuts
Asrai didn’t have an exact date of doughnut availability, but if you follow Enoch’s new Facebook page, I’m sure he’ll make an announcement soon. It appears he’s popping up in various places around town. Now I don’t know this Enoch guy, but his doughnuts are about to kick our asses and we all had it coming.
Enoch with his tray full of sin
New VodPod video posted to the right, featuring my new rooftop guests: tomato hornworms. What to do, what to do…
Posted in Container Gardening, Pests, Wicker Park, Chicago
Tagged caterpillar, chicago, garden pests, green caterpillar, green worm, horn worm, hornworm, invasive, tomato hornworm, tomatoes, wicker park
Ok, they probably haven’t hybridized such a thing because they’re small enough already. But if a strange or stunted vegetable is going to grow, leave it to my garden to grow it.
If you read my blogs from this spring, I was so excited to grow Shishitos but they got wiped out due to some failed early transplants and rough weather. Little did I know, a few rather sickly plants were struggling in their peat pots and managed to survive the trauma of their youth. I potted them, tended to them with empathy and nurturing (as a trained social worker should), and believed in their capabilities. And what did I get as a result…
Now, I could go two ways with this. Actually, I’ll let you choose: Have I harvested the brave fruits of a struggle through insurmountable odds? Or do I have a plain old pathetic harvest with only these puny things to show for my efforts:1/4 of their intended size, but kind of cute, right?
Posted in Container Gardening, Organic Gardening, Rooftop Gardening, Weather and Climate, Wicker Park, Chicago
Tagged chicago, miniature peppers, organic gardening, peat pots, rooftop gardening, shishito peppers, wicker park
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This past weekend we returned from a week in Shanghai and Beijing. I kept an eye on the Chicago weather forecast while I was gone and with the tornado warnings I wasn’t sure what I’d come home to. Well, to … Continue reading
Recent travel is really putting my mico-irrigation system to the test- so far so good. I’m using the Raindrip brand container gardening kit that uses 1/4″ feeder hoses with inline drippers. Fairly easy set-up, although I do wish it came with clearer instructions and descriptions of the various fittings. It doesn’t directly connect to EarthBoxes but I’m simply hanging the drippers into the fill tubes. Kind of mundane blog material, so feel free to get in touch if you have any questions about it.
Another intense storm this morning appears to have taken out more tomato plants. What a harsh year for gardening in Chicago. Needless to say I’ll be making a lot of adjustments and precautions next year. I’m heading to South Carolina on Wednesday, so next week I’ll take pics of whatever is left in the garden when I get back. Getting tired of just peas and pak choi!
Here’s a look at some peas and pak choy I harvested last week (still life on Tolix chair). And a bonus shot of blooming prickly pear on a Chicago beach/dune.
Posted in Container Gardening, Irrigation, Native Plants, Organic Gardening, Rooftop Gardening, Weather and Climate, Wicker Park, Chicago
Tagged chicago, drip watering, Earthbox, irrigation, micro-irrigation, rooftop garden, wicker park
Portland, OR was beautiful as always. My intention was to post some panoramic pictures of the International Rose Test Garden, but their roses did not bloom in time for the Rose Festival. They’ve had strange weather this year, just like Chicago.
And just when I thought all hope was lost on my rooftop, I came back from Portland to find edible vegetables. Despite the wind, despite the 60 degree change in temperature over a 48-hour period, everything survived and without my attention. Is that like “a watched pot never boils”?
The micro-irrigation drip system I bought from Green Thumb Garden Center worked perfectly. I was plenty nervous to leave a faucet running on the rooftop for a week unattended, but between the anti-siphon attachment and the automatic watering timer, it all seemed to run smoothly. Simple set up too- approximately 45 minutes to run the entire system throughout my planters.
There were about 6 green beans ready for harvest. Hey, I didn’t say A LOT of edible vegetables… I had only planted a few beans as an afterthought. The real beauties were the Pai-Tsai, otherwise known as white-stemmed Chinese cabbage or “choy”. The original seeds were not organic but they were grown organically in an EarthBox. I’m letting one plant go to seed and here is what I harvested on 6/12/11:
Posted in Container Gardening, Irrigation, Organic Gardening, Rooftop Gardening, Seed, Weather and Climate, Wicker Park, Chicago
Tagged Bok Choy, chicago, chinese cabbage, Earthbox, micro-irrigation, OR, Pai tsai, Pak Choy, Portland, raindrip, rooftop irrigation, Rose Festival, Rose test garden, SIP, wicker park