Holy Garden Haul Vol. 27 and 28


“3 varieties of tomatoes, 2 kinds of eggplant, daisies, and zinnias from our community garden plot, grapes and mint from the yard in Bloomingdale.”


“This was my take from Saturday (peppers, tomatoes, cukes, eggplants, cantaloupe, basil and Swiss chard). Plenty to share with my neighbors.

I grow everything in terra cotta pots on my roof deck. Moving from an in-ground garden to a potted garden has taken a good learning curve. Some things flourish, somethings just won’t grow, somethings require a special variety to do well. Ive been working on the roof garden for a few years now.

In addition to my annual and perennial flowers I have gotten a decent vegetable garden to grow (peppers, tomatoes, chard, squash, cantaloupe, zucchini, cucumbers), most herbs to really well in the full sun (I have basil, parsley, thyme, rosemary, spearmint, chives) and after a lot of trial and error, a decent orchard (apples, nectarines, grapes, figs, mulberries, raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, cherries, goji berries).

Id love to hear from other DC roof / container gardeners to compare notes, trade tips, seeds, and plants (ground gardening doesn’t compare much with unique needs of container gard.”


If you have a great haul, beautiful tomato or something like that, send an email and a couple photos to princeofpetworth(at)gmail with your neighborhood and garden haul in the subject line.

7 Comment

  • What variety of grapes do you grow? How long have you been cultivating them?

    • The previous owners of our house planted the grapes, so I actually don’t know the variety. I think the vine is 5 years old and we fertilize with vermicompost. It’s VERY productive. This harvest was 6lb and a week later we picked another 9lbs. We’re experimenting with jam recipes, so we’ll see how it goes!

  • Emmaleigh504

    Beautiful! I’m jealous of all these gardens!

  • I love walking about town and seeing the little “farms” out front of people’s houses — squash, tomatoes. I have friends and neighbors with gardens in backyard too. A couple weeks ago I was housesitting in Columbia Heights and the family had strawberries, cherry tomatoes, and cucumbers. I would just go out back in the morning before work and eat them right off the vine.

  • If you let your basil bolt, it will taste decidedly more bitter. Pinch off the tops before that happens!

  • I’d also love tips on container gardening; I’m trying it for the first time this year. I have four tomato plants (two Sungold, two of a larger variety). They were flourishing until a week and a half ago when they all got wilt, with no visible fungus. I thought I’d been watering them correctly, once a day.
    I now have dying plants filled with green tomatoes, I’m just hoping some can still ripen.

    • (The second two pics are my garden)

      Yup Green tomatoes will always ripen. I had a green one fall off my vine a week ago and land on the roof below, I noticed today it was bright red lol. Tomato plants have lots of diseases, so look for disease resistant types. Many people like the heirloom types but they are especially prone to split and rot. Are you sure your leaves are not “curled” instead of “wilt” ? Curl is also a virus for tomatoes, some of mine have them, the plants still live just look funny. I also trim all leaves off the vine below where the last tomatoes have grown, so I end up with a bare lower stalk. As they grow up the string tied to the deck railing I let them fall over and grow back down the other side for the second half of the summer. I also cut off all suckers. Tomatoes are heavy feeders so a weekly miracle grow will greatly improve performance. Use mulch in the pots too and try to water the roots not the leaves to avoid leaf born diseases.

      For the person above who asked about the grapes, I don’t recall the variety but is is a white seedless grape (not thompson) and it was created / trademarked by one of the colleges, possibly cornwell. The first year it grew well, the second year it fruited like crazy, 25 clusters of perfect grapes, this year it fruited well but the birds hit it and what was left had thick skins, but made good jelly. I think I will repot it this fall with new soil and compost, and train it into a cordon style that is better suited for pots, rather than letting it ramble.

      The basil goes crazy. I never have problem with it being bitter, it is sweet as can be, makes great pesto. I cut it back as soon as the flower heads start to show up and it grows back out again. It is the most requested herb from the neighbors so I plant 2 – 3 pots of it, and use the seeds from my plants year after year, very easy to grow from seeds.

      here is a good herb recipe for you. I have an electric grill outside, i turn it on high and it gets up to about 400 – 500 degrees. I chop up fresh herbs that I like (I use sage, thyme, basil, rosemary) and a few cloves of minced garlic, salt and pepper, and some olive oil and mix it all together. Then get a pork tenderloin and pat it try then rub the herb mixture all around it and let it sit for a short bit then throw it on the grill for about 25 – 30 minutes. ummmm ummmm good.

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