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Changes in the Garden

September 4, 2011

The balcony garden has been looking not-so-great for a while now. It was too hot to do much and too many wasps buzzing around collecting the honeydew from whitefly-infested leaves, the morning glories done blooming, dropping dry leaves, dead flowers and seeds all over the place… but this week it finally cooled off, the wasps stayed home, and I could get to cleaning up.

Here’s how it looked before:

The east wall, with dying morning glories and a cucumber plant full of whitefly and spider mites, but not setting fruit at all.

Mostly-leafless, no-longer-blooming morning glories at the railing:

More morning glories/spider mite food hanging down in front of the door:

This is how it looked while I was ‘cleaning’, or rather, pulling down as much of the morning glories as I could (some of them are all tangled up with the currant tomatoes, and I’m not killing those yet – they’re looking kind of ugly already as well, but there are still tomatoes on them):

And how it looks now that I’m done:

Looking up from the street:

Has it really been nearly three months since the last of these posts?

The east wall without cucumber and morning glories – sadly also without beans, because I accidentally pulled up the one surviving plant as well.

It was even clean and wasp-free enough that I could eat outside!

I still don’t have a table for the balcony (don’t really want one, either – just one more thing to take up space and needing to be kept clean) but my dining room table is small and light enough that I can easily carry it out. The top is a little warped, so the plates wobble a little, but I love it – got it from my grandparents, and only found out later that it was actually hand-made by one of my great-uncles. I sanded it down and repainted it when I got it, and am determined to keep it for a long time! I love things with a history!)

West wall with less morning glories – the rest is for now escaping being ripped out because they’re hiding among the currant tomatoes (and if I ripped out the lower parts covering the wall, I’d have even more ugly dry leaves hanging among the tomatoes):

Along the railing:

The window sill – summer home for sunloving houseplants:

And the kitchen and bedroom windows:

I also finally sowed my autumn crops – spinach, lamb’s lettuce, red radishes, black winter radishes and turnips, oh and a bit of garden cress – on Wednesday, and planted a couple more kohlrabi plants I ‘rescued’ from the compost heap at work. The first radishes are already popping up, and the cress is nearly ready for harvesting again.

All that remains to be done now is to hang some new yellow sticky traps, but with the cooler weather, I think the whiteflies won’t be quite as happy any more anyway.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. September 5, 2011 03:03

    For a moment I thought that last picture was an aquarium… oops. I can’t believe how it’s already time to rip plants down…where did this summer go?!

    • September 5, 2011 07:06

      When was this summer ever really here, except for the one hellishly hot week we had? Most of the time, it was just raining here.

  2. September 5, 2011 15:30

    Ah. We had about a month of hellishly hot followed by very moderate and lovely temps, then suddenly three days of hellishly hot last week and now it’s freezing. Blargh. At least my houseplants seem to have enjoyed it…

    • September 5, 2011 17:51

      The last week was acceptable to pleasant here – and today it started pouring. Still not really cold, but so much rain that my boss actually closed up for a couple of minutes and drove me to the train station when it was time for me to go home.

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