Urban Gardening Update!

A couple of weeks ago, I posted about the state of my urban garden here.  At that point, the only thing doing anything was the kale, which is actually still rocking.  Sadly, our zucchini that showed so much promise either never got pollinated or just wasn't suited for the porch life.  So my dreams of endless amounts of zucchini bread this summer have died.

The kale has gone through several harvests.  As long as you don't cut the bud in the middle, it'll keep producing delicious kale.

The kale has gone through several harvests.  As long as you don't cut the bud in the middle, it'll keep producing delicious kale.

The good news is we have two peppers!  Look at how awesome they're doing!  We put them up on buckets in an attempt to get them more sun and that seems to be working.

Our tomato plant also seems to be finally starting to produce.  Right now we have one tiny little green tomato, but here's hoping more come soon!  I love nothing more than ripe tomatoes picked fresh off of the vines.

My teeny little tomato.

My teeny little tomato.

Here's the cucumber.  He had a very slow start and was actually the last to sprout when we had them inside.  In fact, I was almost certain we weren't going to get any cucumbers, but then they started flowering, and I can see the beginnings of a baby cucumber!  Needless to say, I'm super excited.

My little cucumber that could.  Look at the little flowers on the left!

My little cucumber that could.  Look at the little flowers on the left!

What I've learned so far is that plants like zucchini need a lot of space and lots of bees: things in which porches in Cambridge are severely lacking.  Other plants like hot peppers (we gave ours a way to a home with more sunlight) need lots and lots of sunlight to grow.  Kale it appears is the rock star of this crop, so I think next year, I'm going to plant more things like chard, kale, kohlrabi, and spinach since they seem to do well in the limited space I have.

Let me know if you have any urban gardening tips!