Warren Peas

Warren Peas Here's what's growing, dying and getting eaten in one garden in Washington, DC. Your mileage may vary.

Here's what's growing, dying and getting eaten in Steve's backyard in Washington, DC. Past performance is not an indicator of future success.

The first thing I did this garden season was put this sweet potato in a jar of water. That was late January. Now it’s ...
03/05/2019

The first thing I did this garden season was put this sweet potato in a jar of water. That was late January. Now it’s sprouting prolifically, above and below the water line. When those sprouts are a few inches long I’ll snap them off and put them in soil, where they’ll grow roots. They’ll go in the garden well after the last frost. (Sweet potatoes are tropical vines. They don’t like cold one bit.) I’ll probably harvest them around Thanksgiving. So, that’s about 10 months from start to finish.

Lettuce sprouted! Waldmann, giant Caesar, red velvet, arugula, and one called drunken woman, for some reason.
02/16/2019

Lettuce sprouted! Waldmann, giant Caesar, red velvet, arugula, and one called drunken woman, for some reason.

Collards sprouting! Off we go...
02/09/2019

Collards sprouting! Off we go...

Here we go! Garden 2019 kicks off. Actually, it's already underway. Here I'm sprouting sweet potato slips. Stuck a sweet...
02/06/2019

Here we go! Garden 2019 kicks off. Actually, it's already underway. Here I'm sprouting sweet potato slips. Stuck a sweet potato from Yes! Organic in a mason jar of water about a week or so ago. Today I planted seeds of a green called corn salad (or vit) and collard seeds. I'm starting them in a self-watering seed starting system from Burpee.

Makin’ cukes
07/08/2018

Makin’ cukes

As I’ve mentioned already, I don’t get a lot of bees, gardening surrounded on four sides by buildings and concrete. ...
06/29/2018

As I’ve mentioned already, I don’t get a lot of bees, gardening surrounded on four sides by buildings and concrete. But I do get flies. I was at best neutral toward them. But it turns out they’re pollinators, too. Maybe I’ll skip the flowers and start leaving out dead rats...

Bees seem to have a hard time finding my little urban oasis, despite the flowers I planted and the clover taking over th...
06/28/2018

Bees seem to have a hard time finding my little urban oasis, despite the flowers I planted and the clover taking over the yard. But plant a few cukes, and the spotted cucumber beetles appear out of nowhere. I don’t think there’s a cucurbit around for at least a couple blocks. Where did you come from, you little spotted bastard?!?

Here come the cucumbers...
06/22/2018

Here come the cucumbers...

Funny-lookin’ San Marzano tomatoes, just getting started...
06/19/2018

Funny-lookin’ San Marzano tomatoes, just getting started...

06/17/2018
Garden Flyby

A drunk bird's eye view of the garden, taken with my crappy but super fun drone!

This thing is called dog vomit slime mold. Or witches butter. Whichever.
06/15/2018

This thing is called dog vomit slime mold. Or witches butter. Whichever.

The season’s first Jimmy Nardello peppers coming along nicely... :-D
06/10/2018

The season’s first Jimmy Nardello peppers coming along nicely... :-D

Is this pepper doomed? I had disease problems last year that stunted them badly. I’ve seen one other spot so far...
06/09/2018

Is this pepper doomed? I had disease problems last year that stunted them badly. I’ve seen one other spot so far...

....aaaaaand we’re off and running! Garden season 2018 is underway!
02/23/2018

....aaaaaand we’re off and running! Garden season 2018 is underway!

MWA HA HA HA! Those yellow things? They’re cocoons of parasitic wasps that attack the cabbage worms attacking my colla...
10/22/2017

MWA HA HA HA! Those yellow things? They’re cocoons of parasitic wasps that attack the cabbage worms attacking my collards. They’ve recently emerged from INSIDE the green caterpillar next to them. The caterpillar will soon be dead. Nature is red in tooth and claw.

Gaah! They're back! After a summer of many hole-free collards harvests, cabbage worms have returned. Did a bit of pick-a...
09/25/2017

Gaah! They're back! After a summer of many hole-free collards harvests, cabbage worms have returned. Did a bit of pick-and-squish this morning. There's bird poop on some of the leaves, so I think the mockingbird I see hanging around has taken care of some of them.

Gross but effective way to keep squirrels from digging in pots: kitty litter. Used kitty litter. The kind with pee in it...
09/23/2017

Gross but effective way to keep squirrels from digging in pots: kitty litter. Used kitty litter. The kind with pee in it.

Hey, don't judge. You can buy repellents made of fox urine. Why spend money on pee when we're literally throwing the stuff away?

In a Stunning Turnaround, Britain Moves to End the Burning of Coal
09/18/2017
In a Stunning Turnaround, Britain Moves to End the Burning of Coal

In a Stunning Turnaround, Britain Moves to End the Burning of Coal

Britain is phasing out its coal-burning power plants, with the last one slated to be shuttered by 2025, if not sooner. It is a startling development for the nation that founded an industrial revolution powered by coal.

Climate change turns apples into Twinkies. Metaphorically. Maybe.
09/13/2017
The great nutrient collapse

Climate change turns apples into Twinkies. Metaphorically. Maybe.

The atmosphere is literally changing the food we eat, for the worse. And almost nobody is paying attention.

Who are they, and why are they so enamored of my squash? Can't be good.
09/06/2017

Who are they, and why are they so enamored of my squash? Can't be good.

Meet the scientists drilling through a mile and a half of Arctic ice to read climate history, and predict its future. My...
08/22/2017
Greenland Ice Sheet Yielding Clues of Climate Change

Meet the scientists drilling through a mile and a half of Arctic ice to read climate history, and predict its future. My second story from Greenland.

Scientists are drilling down through kilometers of Arctic ice to read the world's climate history as a way to predict the planet's future. VOA's Steve Baragona visited Greenland to see what you can learn from a hole in the ice.

The first of a series of stories from my recent trip to Greenland.
08/16/2017
Arctic's Epic Mosquito Swarms May Get Worse with Climate Change

The first of a series of stories from my recent trip to Greenland.

The Arctic is warming twice as fast as the rest of the planet. Across the tundra, the rapid changes are affecting creatures large and small. That includes the ferocious Arctic mosquito and the caribou it torments. It's a snapshot of how climate change is rippling through entire ecosystems around the...

The view from the porch this morning.
08/06/2017

The view from the porch this morning.

See that? That's a cantaloupe in the making. Squeeeeeeee!
06/30/2017

See that? That's a cantaloupe in the making. Squeeeeeeee!

Mystery bug hanging around the squash today. Checking out above and below the leaves. Doesn't seem interested in the flo...
06/27/2017

Mystery bug hanging around the squash today. Checking out above and below the leaves. Doesn't seem interested in the flowers, so prolly not a pollinator. Some kind of predator?

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06/27/2017

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Striped cucumber beetles: pretty but unwelcome.
06/23/2017

Striped cucumber beetles: pretty but unwelcome.

Warren's peas.
06/07/2017

Warren's peas.

05/05/2017
Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens

Lizard cam at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens!

If you have seen a lizard at Kenilworth it was likely a five-lined skink. This juvenile skink (you can tell the age by the electric blue tail) seems to enjoy being on camera as much as any kid these days! #FindYourPark

05/05/2017
U.S. Botanic Garden

U.S. Botanic Garden

Our 40-year-old Weber's century plant (Agave weberi) is starting to bloom!

I'm a big fan of these things. They were all the arable land I had at the condo. There's a water reservoir in the bottom...
05/04/2017

I'm a big fan of these things. They were all the arable land I had at the condo. There's a water reservoir in the bottom that you fill through the tube. There's a strip of fertilizer buried beside the plants. The plastic cover keeps the moisture in. As long as there's water in the reservoir, the plants take what they need.

They might become mosquito breeding grounds, though. It wasn't a problem at the condo, but that was on the third floor. I'm checking out some control strategies. Either Bt or some kind of screen.

Warren Peas
05/04/2017

Warren Peas

For the past six years, I've been struggling to farm a condo balcony. I love my girlfriend, but it also didn't hurt that...
05/03/2017

For the past six years, I've been struggling to farm a condo balcony. I love my girlfriend, but it also didn't hurt that moving in together meant I could get me some LAND.

Here's the overview of what I've got going on in the back yard.
05/03/2017

Here's the overview of what I've got going on in the back yard.

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05/03/2017

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05/03/2017

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