Possible winter squash being grown from rooftop in Beijing, China
The Weed'em & Reap Garden club meeting will be at 6:30 this coming Friday the 11th. We will once again meet at the UT Ag Extension office 2105 Midland Road.
We will have a surprise guest, back from his trip to Beijing, China. Actually the surprise is that he will be there this time, since he was missing at the last one. :-)
One of the things I wanted to see while in China was the backyard gardens. Wrong! At least in the middle of Beijing, there were few back yards and if then, it was usually shared with several families.
More like an apartment backyard and the gardens were pots or containers. These containers could be placed anywhere, in the front, back or even the roof as seen in the picture attached. As you will see, the vines are growing on the wires which could have several negative ramifications, but the squash seem to like it.
Some of the ground level pots seemed to be used to grow and sell the produce. A huge hot pepper plant was being admired by a woman who seemed more than casually interested. She seemed to be talking to someone in a doorway next to it and while we did not get close enough to hear the conversation, it looked like she was discussing the peppers.
Several other large pots were empty from plants already grown. Since they were deep in conversation, I did not ask Emma to go back and ask questions, but there were many on my mind. What else did they grow? Did they reuse the soil? Fertilizer? Did they have issues with bugs? Etc.
The squash appears to be a "winter" squash but as yet, I have not been able to find a good possibility. Anyone have an idea?