Just a quick update to my recent post detailing my experiences growing crops in my window. One month in and the plants are all looking healthy and have started producing food. I’ve been able to collect some royal burgundy beans, sugar snap peas, seranno peppers, cherry tomatoes, basil, sage and strawberries. Still waiting on the cucumbers, lettuce and bok choy to mature a bit.
A number of people have asked what I do about the bugs. I’ve found that they really aren’t a big problem. I’ve seen some gnat-like insects, mostly around the cucumbers. The bok choy has been attacked by a couple of pests as well. My solution was two-fold. I used a small amount of garden supply anti-catapillar treatment on the bok choy which seems to help a lot. The other thing I did was to introduce ladybugs into the garden areas. I’m sure some might find this concept a bit off-putting, but it doesn’t bother me at all to see the little red buggers, even when they are exploring the rest of the house. It just reminds me of all the bad insects they are eradicating.
Just for fun, I also got a pot full of Venus fly traps. Those insect-eating plants work, but a little too well. In addition to catching the gnats, they were most effective at trapping the ladybugs! Somehow THAT seemed cruel.
The original post is here.
Here are some recent pix…