I planted some of my vegetables from seed and some from starter plants. It’s been really exciting to see things grow together. Every GreenStalk looks so different, and I love that! I planted each tower with Happy Frog and have only fertilized a couple of times with Fox Farm Grow Big. So far, I have harvested a bunch of spinach, lettuce, a couple of heads of broccoli, and a ton of herbs – which has saved me money at the grocery store! Below are photos of my garden:
You can see I let my tomatoes fall over… That was not intentional! I just waited too long to stake them. So we will see how they grow. In case you’re wondering, staking tomatoes in a GreenStalk is super easy. Simply wrap twine around the whole GreenStalk (you can add more as it grows if you need to). I will be doing this with my other tomato plants!
I also planted 2 three tiers with tomatoes, onions, cucumbers, and herbs. I forgot to take a picture of the second tower so I will post that picture with the next update! Here’s the tower with the tomatoes and onions:
So between my 2 three tiers and 2 five tiers I have a total of:
10 tomato plants, 4 broccoli plants, 6 lettuce plants, 6 pockets of spinach, 18 onions, 6 radishes, 7 basil plants, 1 lavender plant, 1 cilantro, 6 celery, 6 cucumber plants, 9 strawberry plants, 2 chives, 1 pocket of dill, 3 pockets of bok choy, 2 pockets of lemon balm, 3 pockets of thyme, 2 pockets of rosemary, 6 shallots and 2 pockets of carrots.
There’s a lot you can grow in a really small space, as you can tell!
This is the fun one! We plant so many things at our office that our parking lot is starting to look more like a U-Pick farm. Here are photos from our office/parking lot:
Above, we have planted our dwarf corn and a variety of flowers.
As you can tell, our strawberry plants are producing a crazy amount of strawberries this year! These were planted last year and have overwintered in the GreenStalk. They are the everbearing variety so they will produce through October here in Knoxville, TN.
Above, we have planted kale, lettuce, spinach, kale, carrots, beets and sugar snap peas – all grown from seed direct sowed in the GreenStalk.
Above is our sugar snap pea Greenstalk.
Every year we plant some “strange” crops such as the blueberry plant shown above. We have a couple of GreenStalks devoted to testing out blueberries, raspberries and lingonberries. We are also just about to harvest our garlic that we planted last fall. We have just planted our sweet potato plants (we grow them from starter plants), tomatoes, green bush beans, herbs and flowers. For more info on what kind of soil we use and how we plant up a GreenStalk, check out this post.
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Cody Catherine Thomas