Weekly Garden Update

Hi all. 

It’s a hot Sunday here and just being on the roof, I majorly felt it.  Note to self: Bring sunglasses to the roof, always.  You never do and you are constantly blinded.  You squint and then you immediately get a headache.  It’s really bright up there, the way the sun reflects off the silver roof is intense.  Protect yourself! 

So how’s your garden doing? What’s growing, what’s ending, what’s beginning? 

Here is how our garden is looking in Brooklyn today as it slowly transitions from Spring to Summer…

Come on in as I give you a guided tour.  The plants are in no particular order, just as I go along the garden.  I’m just saying that incase any of the plants read Brooklyn Farm Girl and think I’m picking favorites – I’m totally not.

The pumpkin plants have started to grow big, but there are no female flowers yet to pollinate.  I am on the lookout!  These plants will eventually just crawl all over the ground. 

Watermelon plant is looking the same way, it’s beginning, but no females yet.

The cucumbers are looking great.  No cucumbers yet to be spotted…

But I have been mingling the females and males, so hopefully they make some babies.

We’ve seen some of our worst enemies on the cucumbers this week: aphids.  So we’ve been jet hosing them off this week.  If we keep on top of spraying every single day, it usually helps prevent aphids from expanding their horrible colonies that cause tears.

Hello giant tomatoes.  

Remember I posted the tomatoes grow so tall they need 2 cages stacked on top of each other? Well it’s June 9th and the tomatoes have already grown out of their cage.  So the next cage is going on top later this week.  Wild, right?

There are so many flowers on every single plant which makes me very happy.

Because these flowers lead to these glorious people.  Hello Roma tomatoes!

Hello Big Beefs!

Hello Cherry tomatoes!

We also moved some of the tomatoes around this week so they are in 2 separate structures.   We put cucumbers between the tomato plants as cucumbers grow low to the ground and tomatoes grow tall, so we’re able to get in there and more easily water, harvest, etc.  

Here are the pepper plants!

We already spotted some peppers!

Random herbs, Rhododendrons, Beautiful weeds.

The potatoes have exploded.  We’ve been mounding them up the past few weeks but we’re pretty  much at the top of the container now.  Potato plants are hands down one of the prettiest, perfect plants.

The new radishes came up!

While some of the older radishes are like “hey lady, pick me”.

We have onions of all ages.  These ones are big, ready to pick, have been picking a few a week to eat with dinner.

We picked him to bring to a taco party later this night.

These ones are mid age, and young ones.  You can see some bulbs forming off to the left, while the ones to the right are still getting there.

Kale – it just rules.

The broccoli was all picked this week and let me tell you, it was delicious.  Recipes, Harvest Pictures, Lots of exclamation points coming to a post very soon!

The cauliflower has shown up and is causing us great happiness.

The cauliflower is just beautiful.  We had a steamed head for dinner a few nights ago and we ate it in silence because it was that delicious.

I am picking strawberries every single day!  They are the sweetest!

Sometimes I can’t even make it downstairs and I’m just taking them off the plant and they go straight in my mouth.

Strawberries, you guys are real pretty.

We got some strawberry runners already too.  Last year we turned the runners into their own plants.  


You cannot tell because it’s in shadow but there is some orange peeking out!

3 sisters boxes! Corn, Squash and Beans!

The corn is looking great, it’s about 1 foot high, if not slightly taller.

The green beans have started their climb up the fence.  You can see we have 2 leaders already. Who will reach the top first?

We picked all our lettuce heads, but there is lettuce greens left.  I need to cut them before they bolt.

Sugar snap peas!  They were just babies a few weeks ago, and now they are taller than Matthew who is a little over 6 feet tall.  I love these sugar snap pea guys.

The box is just full of them – all over!

So we’ve been happily snacking on them and are planning some great upcoming dinners with them!  They are absolutely delicious just picked right off the plant and eaten right away, what a crunch!

Sugar Snaps, I love you.

Hope you enjoyed the garden walk through this week!

Happy Gardening! Wear sunglasses and sunscreen. πŸ™‚ 


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  • Your rooftop garden is very impressive. I am working with a 4′ x 8′ balcony for the first time this year and it really has been a learning experience when compared to working with a large garden plot. Do you have any issues with others helping themselves to your produce?

    • Thanks Sher! Besides the little boy who likes to nibble on our green peppers once in a while, everybody really respects the garden. Sometimes I find people just sitting nearby, I think it takes people out of NYC to be sitting next to a mini watermelon patch. πŸ™‚

  • I have NEVER seen such amazing fruits and vegetables grown in containers? How long have you been doing this? The plants are all beautiful, almost no insect damage at all. I live in Kansas and have been gardening for years, I have a big veggie garden this year and battle bermuda grass daily! Do you have anything on the blog that explains how you set your containers up? I could only wish that my plants looked as good as yours and that I was harvesting anywhere near what I’m seeing on your container grown plants! Write a book about it okay???!!!

    • Thanks Laurie! We have been doing this for a few years now, each year we learn, but it is pretty steady now knowing what works best for each plant. The good thing about being on the roof is we don’t have many insects to deal with, except aphids that always seem to find us (cry, cry). I will be posting a few videos once they go live of how to make strawberry buckets and regular vegetable containers. So stay tuned!

      A book is definitely something me and my husband both think about writing.. who knows, maybe it will happen one day!

  • Oh my oh my..you are making me so so jealous Pamela πŸ™‚ You have the whole roof for your own? That amazing! I can’t wait to see all your tomatoes turn red, sweet and juicy like they are going to explode with amazing red lava πŸ™‚

    • The roof is shared to our entire building but we’re the only ones who grow on it.
      Let’s not hope they explode into lava, that might get hot. πŸ˜‰ But I can’t wait for our red tomatoes too… and all the great insanity that it comes with! πŸ™‚

  • Your garden looks amazing Pam!! I am so, so jealous. I only have my few tiny pots on the balcony. Not even enough produce for a salad at the moment! πŸ™ Love that photo of Matthew between the plots. He looks like he’s about to go swimming for some reason (maybe that’s because it’s only 7am here and I’m still half asleep!). Thanks for sharing these pictures and inspiring us to get into gardening mode! x

  • Pamela, you have a really beautiful garden! Everything is just gorgeous. Love the tomatoes, strawberries, cauliflower, and onions! Must be awesome to eat and cook with them. πŸ™‚ Have a lovely week!

  • Wow wow wow… What a beautiful garden u have.. Hats off man… We too had a small n nice garden in India, but after settling in Singapore could not make it

  • Hi Pamela!

    Wow I have never seen pictures of a garden on a roof and what a massive vegetable and herb collection, I am quite impressed.
    So you just hose the leafs and no anti insect sprays? I realized here, where I live, that the rainy season and so heavy rains prevent insects, which is quite cool. I enjoyed your tour and I am very envious! πŸ˜‰

    • Hi Helene, thanks for stopping by! πŸ™‚ Yup, for our pesky aphids we find that it works well to just jet them off everyday with the hose. It’s just important for us to remember to keep up with it every single day that they are spotted as they grow in numbers very quickly!

  • So cool! I love it! You are gonna have tons of tomatoes and everything else too. Thanks for the tour – everything looked amazing and so so delish! I love your roof-top garden. Happy day to you!

  • Your lovely garden is so beautiful & your veggies & plants & strawberries are thriving! Woehoe!!!!
    You made verything , every plant is growing bigger, biher & higher! Was there any plant that didn’t grow well or had too many pests?

    Thanks for the lovely garden tour! πŸ™‚ x My radishes, salad leavs & Swiss chard leaves are ready to eat. The rest is waiting on more sunshine & really Summer weather!

    • Swiss chard sounds lovely – it’s such a pretty plant! I grew some last year in our Window Farm and I loved it.

      Our worst enemy pests are aphids and white flies. So far no white flie (whew!). Aphids, we’re dealing with, but we think they’re going down in number! πŸ™‚
      The Brussels Sprouts I’m not sure about yet – this is the first year growing them so I’m not sure about how long they take once summer hits, if it’s going to work out with the heat, when to cut the leaf when I see sprouts forming, how much room they need in a container (next year I will probably plant less per container – they are giant plants). So I’m crossing my fingers and hoping for the best!

  • I’m seriously considering doing my own garden now that my husband and I bought our first house. My friend was talking last night all about hers and it made me want one…I just don’t know if I’ll be good at or able to keep everything alive! LOL

    • I think you should try Ashley! It’s a fun learning process to keep everything alive (although sometimes it makes you cry). πŸ˜‰

  • Oh my….what a lovely garden you have. I love all the fruit and veggies that you planned. Those tomatoes are huge and gorgeous. Must be nice when they’re all ripe. Oh…and those strawberries are so cute too. You really have my dream garden! Can’t wait to read your next update.

  • You have the best garden! It is a little unbelievable that it is all growing on a roof top! Tomorrow I will pick more radishes, maybe harvest some spinach and lettuce, and I really really need to pull weeds where the corn is growing. I think I will have to plant more basil too since I don’t see any evidence of it growing.

    I love the garden updates –it is such an inspiration.

  • I am in awe of your garden. Mine is actually in the ground, and it’s pathetic compared to this. It’s only my second summer at this whole gardening thing though, so hopefully it improves! Those tomato bushes are HUGE!

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