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Balcony Garden Update, and a Plea For Votes

May 21, 2015

Oh look, it’s a post that’s not a Harvest Monday! That’s partly because it’s a rainy day, so work was quiet and I’m home earlier than I’ve been in weeks, and partly because I need something from you.

I entered an urban gardening competition a few weeks ago, and made it to the top ten. The final result will be determined in equal parts by a jury of experts and facebook votes on the updates we have to send in every two weeks. So if any of you are on facebook, I’d be really grateful if you could like my picture.

I’m not really happy with the update I sent in, because I was exhausted and short on time and just tried to get it out of the way as quickly as possible.

But you get a slightly less rushed update today…

My mother came to the Teeny Tiny Village Nursery on Friday, so I took that opportunity to send all my vegetable plants home with her. Not having a car of my own, transporting my purchases is often a bit of a problem, especially since my plants were all pretty big. I decided to safe myself a bit of work last year by repotting all my cucumbers, peppers and eggplants (and this year, also zucchini) in 3 litre pots at work and then leaving them there for a few weeks, until our last frost date (the so-called “Ice Saints”) is past.


I still grow my own tomatoes and melons at home, but April and May are always so insane at work that it’s very difficult to find time for anything at home, and this way, I have to do a bit less watering and trying-to-find-space-for-everything and bringing-plants-inside-when-it-turns-cold.

When I came home on Friday, that was the sight that greeted me in the hall, and made me doubt that I had made a smart decision:

sDSC03982I didn’t have time or energy for more than finding some saucers for everything and putting it out on the balcony. Not until Sunday afternoon, and then just barely. Work was pretty deadly that week, and I was utterly exhausted. And the balcony was dauntingly full of plants, which made it difficult to stop procrastinating and start working. In addition to the three cucumbers, four peppers, one eggplant and two zucchinis I brought home from work, there were two eggplants I’d bought elsewhere, six tomatoes I’d grown myself and a seventh one that was an unexpected gift, a pot of beans that needed to find its proper place, a bunch of herbs, sweet potatoes, and a couple of flowers.


And far too little room to work, but I did my best.

sasfDSC04005I still haven’t gotten everything planted, because there are still some bolting Asian greens I need to rip out and eat to free up another railing planter, but at least most of it. I did pull out all my pretty violas – they were still blooming nicely, but were appallingly mildewy – and finally harvested all the purple kale. I made it just in time – got everything planted, cleaned up again and watered everything just before it got dark.


And of course now the weather has turned cool and rainy, so I can’t even sit outside to enjoy my balcony garden.

Harvest Monday – May 18, 2015

May 18, 2015

Still busy, still tired and exhausted and too many things to do. So just a very quick post before I go to bed. (I’m so ready for May to be over. Or at least this week. I know it’s only Monday, but I’m so ready for the weekend. Excep that won’t really be relaxing either, as I’ll have to stay up late to watch the ESC final and keep my fingers crossed for my cousin and his band.)





I finally harvested all the purple kale to make space for more herbs, now that it’s warm enough to put everything outside.

Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day – May 2015

May 15, 2015

May is always busy, and this one is busier than most, so just a few quick pictures from around the balcony, no words.











Harvest Monday – May 11, 2015

May 11, 2015

I really would like to write posts that are not Harvest Mondays again, but there are always too many other things pulling at my attention, leaving me no brainspace for sitting down and uploading pictures or writing anything. And this week, I’m not even going to hope I have time for blogging. I’ll be lucky if I remember Friday is Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day.




Salads, salads, salads. And the first few (yellow) radishes, but I’m too busy to properly rejoice about them.

Harvest Monday – May 4, 2015

May 4, 2015

I could eat salads from the balcony every day, but I’m often too lazy (or tired) to bother with making a salad.


Lollo rosso lettuce, chives and bloody dock.


Babyleaf lettuce, more chives and bloody dock, and a bit of purple kale, sage and rosemary that I can’t quite remember what I did with…

I think I saw some radishes that are big enough to harvest, so maybe this week, the era of endless greens will come to an end.

May Calendar Picture

May 1, 2015


Yet another picture from San Francisco. Not from the Conservatory of Flowers as the last couple of calendar pictures have been, but from my day of wandering around in the rain. I still don’t know what plant this actually is (although I must admit I haven’t tried very hard to find out.) If anyone knows, I would appreciate it!

Harvest Monday – April 27, 2015

April 27, 2015

I skipped last week, oops. Not because I had no harvests, but because I had no time. I spent so much time repotting tomatoes and finishing the work in the community garden (now I can leave it alone until mid-May, except for occasional watering and weeding, but with how well-mulched it is, it shouldn’t need too much of either.)




The last of the parsnips I had stored in one of the empty planters on the balcony.


Red mizuna, which does not photograph well.


Lunch on Sunday, a salad with three different kinds of lettuce (Lollo rosso, Lollo bionda and Forellenschluss), arugula and chives from the balcony (and some store-bought tomatoes and cucumbers and a bit of tuna). Eaten in the sunshine on the balcony. I’m finally taking a bit of time to enjoy the balcony, too, not just work there!


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