Burpee Home Gardens How to get started with a small garden in Brooklyn

We bought a house in Bushwick and when we bought it I had grand thoughts of decorating, DIY projects, gardening and more.  We didn’t realize how much work it would be from dealing with bad electrical installations to leaks to flooring issues.  When you buy a house you get an inspector and good inspector will discover a lot — I would assume a great one would discover everything – our inspector was good he realized that in the restoration they did not give us a water heater but he missed a lot from roof issues to that our floor had foot marks on it ( apparently the broker stepped on the floor while it was still wet leaving these hard to see but there foot marks across the floor ) – we did not notice until after we moved in …. so we have been in our house now for over a year and have spent a ton of money on neccessary but boring things from roof issues to flooring issues etc… so no decorating.  By the time we moved in last year we were dealing with so many issues and workers in and out of the house that we did not get to decorate nor did we have money to decorate – we still are trying to catch up.  I moved to Bushwick to have a backyard and a garden…. so I was determined this summer to start a little garden. I researched and with help from Burpee Home Gardens I have some amazing herbs, tomatoes, lettuce and peppers that are starting to grow.  I already used the basil in some recent recipes.

So this is around week 1.5 after planting :

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Now this is after about 2.5 – 3 weeks – I got some compost and fertilized and filled the plants with a bit more soil and have been watering them twice a day and now they are flourishing …..

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Some of our basil from the Burpee plants we used for our risotto dish we make yummy risotto in our instant pot:


Visit http://www.burpeehomegardens.com/

Known and trusted since 1876, Burpee is all about high-performance plants, all-season support and successful home gardens. The Burpee company was founded in Philadelphia in 1876 by W. Atlee Burpee, an 18-year-old with a passion for plants and animals and a mother willing to lend him $1,000 of “seed money” to start his business. Although it began as a livestock company, within 25 years Burpee had developed the largest, most progressive seed company in America. By 1915 Burpee was mailing a million catalogs a year to America’s gardeners.  Burpee is still a family seed company and still in the Philadelphia area. Today Burpee is owned and operated by George Ball, Jr. Burpee plants is a collection of the leading garden vegetables, herbs and flowers available at your favorite local garden retailer.  The Burpee name is synonymous with the tastiest tomatoes and most flavorful herbs. By giving you the best choices for your garden, Burpee plants make gardening easy. In addition, Burpee provides you with inspiration and ideas to help create a garden that’s uniquely yours. Whether you grow in rows in a backyard, plant on a patio, or relax on a rooftop, Burpee has the choices to fit your lifestyle.

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I love that they have so much information on their website and so many helpful tips check out the Garden Help section of their site :

They have an amazing blog as well : http://www.burpeehomegardens.com/Blog/

Some links to what I have growing :


Take 2 is a first-of-its-kind solution for small-space gardens that lets you grow two kinds of tomatoes – a cherry and a slicer – in one container. Each tomato has been trialed together to grow well and fruit at the same time, so you get a steady supply all summer long.

Take 2 ‘Action’ is a mix of BushSteakBaby Boomer

Spacing: 24-30in (60-75cm)

Height: 20-25in (50-63cm)

Width: 24-36in (60-90cm)

Exposure: Full Sun – 6+ hours direct sun

Fruit weight: 8-12oz (227-340g)

Days to harvest: 55-65

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Check out this healing hands we are growing – Grow different colors, flavors and textures of salad greens, and harvest every three weeks. Grow different colors, flavors and textures of salad greens, all from one multi-pellet. Or purchase ‘Healing Hands’ in a decorative bowl for easy harvest. This attractive, healthy mix produces 20% more lutein, 30% more beta-carotene, 30% more total carotenoids, and 70% more anthocyanins than other garden salad blends.* Gardeners can harvest ‘Healing Hands’ every three weeks by cutting back to 2 in./5 cm and regrow several times for more fresh salads.

*Based on the average mix of selected varieties. Healing Hands Salad Mix is grown under our trial conditions and harvested when ready to eat. Actual harvest results may vary.

Height: 12in (30cm)

Width: 12in. (30cm)

Exposure: Part to Full Sun 4+ hours of sun each day

Days to harvest: 42

Some tomato tips from their site :

Look for monikers like “Determinate or Indeterminate”, “Paste or Beefsteak”, “Bush or Vine”. These i.d.’s tell you how big your plant and your fruit will grow. Use our Choosing The Right Tomato Tool to help take away the guesswork.

For smaller-space gardens or patios, look for determinate or bush tomatoes. They respond better to soil constraints in containers. As for pot size, aim for at least 17-in. wide and deep. A larger soil volume gives roots plenty of room to pull in moisture and nutrition.

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If in-ground is not an option, try a hanging basket for herbs, tumbling tomatoes, lettuce or cucumbers. Look for compact, cascading tomatoes like Tumbler or Terenzo. Because these container sizes will be smaller, though, be sure to monitor for moisture. They’ll dry out much faster once the season heats up. To test if you need to water, stick your index finger 2 inches into the soil. If it feels damp, hold off on watering, but check again the next day.

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You’ll be happy to know there are plenty of options for your petite garden space, and the range of veggies is quite broad!

There is a ton of info and lots of ideas on their website check them out at http://www.burpeehomegardens.com

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