Got Crazy With It

I had a big day today.   I made an indoor planter box for the winter.  Megan said it would be cool if it looks nice.  I am looking into a grow light for the winter!  Any help would be welcome.  Below are some pictures of the birth of the planter box.

There are two parts.  The top box which is 5 feet by 18 inches and is 1 feet deep.  The bottom with the legs is 6 4 by 4s.   To make it look nice I add some trim to the front of it.  I had a hard time with some of the angles.

 

 

 

 

I then stained the planter box. 

I will show finished picture soon!

Back From Camping

I went camping this past Tuesday and Wednesday at Tettegouche state park on the north shore. 

When I left my pot of lettuce was doing great!

However when I got back home from the trip this is what I have left after an army of green bugs ate my leafs. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is the second time this has happened to me this grow season.  Does anybody have any ideas about what to do?

 

Update On Koom’s patio Garden

Going for back to back post. Got a call from Paul yesterday so here we go.

All of my plants are growing well in the pots.  I fertilize once a week.  Here are some pictures.

My Basil is growing well and smells great.  Unfortunately I had four plants going but two died.

 

 

 

Small pot of mixed lettuces.  This is the second time I tried growing lettuce this season.  The first batch was eaten my small green grubs!!

 

 

My pepper plants are in the background.  There are tons of budding flowers.  Hopefully we will get some peppers.  I got the seedlings from a friend from work, so I do not remember what types they are.  In front of the peppers are multiple plants of swiss chard.

The tomato plants are growing in a hurry.  Lots of small flowers starting to bud.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My hop plant is really taking off!!  Starting to train it to go left up the string.  Its hard to see but there are two more strains starting to grow on the right.  Below is a picture of the whole garden.  That’s all for know.  Off to go camping on the North Shore with the kid and wife.

Kooms Garden – Introduction to my Patio Garden in MN

Agridude - Kooms Patio GardenMy name is Brian and I live in the northern suburbs of Minneapolis.  I have a small patio that I have been growing a few plants on since I moved into this condo two years ago.  I am a chef at Muffuletta in the Park in St Paul MN.  My co worker and I have saved some heirloom tomato seeds and sprouted over 200 this year.  I gave six seedlings to another Agridude, Sam, for his work garden.  I also have two on my patio, along with hops, basil, thyme, and some lettuces and spinach.  I haven’t grown hops before but I do brew my own beer so I am hoping to get some off of this plant so that I can use it in my beer.  I am trying to start a micro brewing company called Brown Bottle Brewery.  I will be blogging this season to show what I am able to grow.

These pictures are from May 12th.  Paul was in town and we had a perfect early summer day to hang out and catch some rays while having some brews.  We invited some of our friends and Paul’s family over to hang out too.  Here are some pics:

Agridude - Tomatoes and HopsThe two pots closest to you are my tomatoes.  I am growing two heirloom tomatoes that we sprouted from the restaurant.  I can’t remenber what types they are, but I know they will be small cherry like tomatoes

I made the trellis by myself to grow the hops on.  I bought the root from my local home brewing store  and I was told to only let two sprout.  One of them did not make it so next year I’ll try something different.  These are supposed to grow 2 feet per week so I should have some great updated photos for you guys in a few weeks.

Agridude - Lettuce Spinach HerbsHere are some other planters that I planted lettuce, spinach, basil, thyme and two peppers.  I started these from seed as well.  My wife won a small green house at a work event raffle.  I am looking forward to having these at my disposal for cooking at home and work.

 

 

Here is a picture of Paul’s cousin Andy and our other friend Wyman playing bags/cornhole in the side of my yard.

Agridude - Cornhole