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My love of the river view slightly outweighs my hatred of being so far from the subway. Slightly.

 

There'll be a subway nearer to you in 2050 or so.

 

 

I might be around to haunt it.

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I was just out on my little patio checking out sunset and realized my herb pot was the typical Simon and Garfunkel herb pot. Yes, it is those 4 together. The rosemary for roasted chicken, the parsley with tabbouleh, the sage to purify my abode, the thyme, I have no idea. Maybe with some greek something or other. And there will never be a subway closer to me.

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Thyme is the one herb I can't grow enough of. It seems to disappear into braises, roasts, dry marinades. I pot several plants at a time to keep a vibrant supply since I can decimate a third of a plant seasoning one roast chicken.

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even though we're going to be out of the country in june, i put 10 tomato plants and a bunch of peppers (plus herbs) in the ground this week. let's see what the uncertain ministrations of our college student house-sitter and the inadequate sun we get on our wooded lot will do this year--i've not had a decent harvest since we moved to this house a few years ago. if things go badly again this year, i will look for a community garden next year.

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I don't know if lovely spouse and I will move into our new home in time to grow anything. But I'm looking forward to graduating next year from my past window boxes of herbs (needing one wine bottle of water per day) to much more substantial apartment-deck gardening, including composting.

 

It'll be on a coop roof with asphalt tiles like those of Tribeca's Starrett-Lehigh building, which has an impressive-looking rooftop minifarm. One or two of those low tubs with rollers look ideal, since we have limited use of the deck thanks to wire ropes often strung across for facade-work suspended platforms, and will want to keep the tiles tidy. All subject to the will of the building management, of course.

 

In the meantime, anyone know where in 212 or 718 I can buy sturdy/cheap patio furniture? She likes wicker (I assume synthetic) and I like iron. Lowes/Home Depot, or an independent vendor?

 

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I don't know if lovely spouse and I will move into our new home in time to grow anything. But I'm looking forward to graduating next year from my past window boxes of herbs (needing one wine bottle of water per day) to much more substantial apartment-deck gardening, including composting.

 

It'll be on a coop roof with asphalt tiles like those of Tribeca's Starrett-Lehigh building, which has an impressive-looking rooftop minifarm. One or two of those low tubs with rollers look ideal, since we have limited use of the deck thanks to wire ropes often strung across for facade-work suspended platforms, and will want to keep the tiles tidy. All subject to the will of the building management, of course.

 

In the meantime, anyone know where in 212 or 718 I can buy sturdy/cheap patio furniture? She likes wicker (I assume synthetic) and I like iron. Lowes/Home Depot, or an independent vendor?

 

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We have two of these tubs in the back yard and just yesterday stopped at a feed store and picked up a small one, 2' x 4', for herbs. At present, they are planted along our front walkway, but having them in a raised bed would be handier.

 

Kind of funny story. Some 20 years ago, we were driving along with husband says, out of the blue, "What do you think of horse troughs?" I responded that I didn't remember ever in my life thinking of a horse trough. Apparently he had been worrying raised beds as he drove along and, passing a feed store, noticed the range of sizes of animal water troughs. We turned around and wound up hauling home a 6' container. Later we picked up a 40" round one. All this long before Smith-Hawkin et al started the galvanized iron garden trend.

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The house came with lots of rose bushes, big swathes of rosemary and lavender, and assorted small flowers. N transplanted all of the plants from our last house and has planted a whole bunch of new vegetable and herb plants. We're already starting to get snap peas. When the time is right, she's going to pick up some citrus trees, and eventually she wants to replace the stone/gravel patch in front of the house with more greenery and possible a live oak.

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Damascus roses in full bloom, panaché has buds. Little green apples on both trees (they cross-pollinate). Lavender and veronica getting ready to bloom. One half of the rhododendron done (the less sunny side, go figure). Had to replace my rosemary after a brutal winter, but the new one is a topiary, which is oddly satisfying in a Martha Stewart kind of way. Next to it the sage is giant.

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We agonized over how funky a horse trough would look in our front entry. Not too bad, I think, and certainly will be a relief from bending down to below grade level to clip herbs. Yet to see what feedback we get from neighbors.

 

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April was the second coldest on record for our area and May was the hottest on record for us. June is turning out to be July hot. I'm dreading August. In the meantime I have been able to start a late crop including corn, tomatoes, pinto beans, garbanzo beans, bush green beans, breakfast radishes. Everything is coming up beautifully. Here's hoping it all makes it to maturity.

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We discovered a mole/gopher has gotten into the garden. I hope N can flush it out or do something so that the whole growing season doesn't go to waste.

 

We did get some nice snap peas--the season is pretty much over now--and the strawberries are already coming in.

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While it's possible your mopher is a newcomer, it's equally probable that it came with the property. Is it possible that a cat is in your future? In the country, we found that was our most effective and ecological solution to the problem. In fact one cat was so enthusiastic she would leave me presents of semi-dead critters on the kitchen rug. I would exchange them for raw chicken.

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