It is April Fool’s day … and on this day, a year ago … I was busy planting out my potatoes. Not this year, though … as I am a little late with respect to my gardening, which I knew that I would be, after having decided that I would go to Singapore for a few weeks to visit the family and my friends.
My potato seedlings are ready to be planted … but the planting medium and the receptacle for growing them are not! The grow bags that I used last year are still filled with soil and different plants from last year …. and we have not bought new composts for me to add into the existing ones. We did some ‘garden’ shopping during my first weekend home, and we bought some mediums to start my seeds sowing, etc … but I have not found the compost that I was looking for to start my potatoes. So the potatoes will have to wait to be planted.
In the meantime, I have re-planted some of the other plants and sown quite a lot of seeds. My edible balcony garden for 2014 is currently a ‘work in progress’! :-D
The balcony is still in a mess … but the spring weather seems to be better this year, so that I should be able to make good progress on tidying the balcony and whipping my edible garden into shape … and, hopefully, I shall also not lose any of my seedlings to a sudden change of spring weather as I did, last year. We shall see lah!
So while waiting for my newly sown seeds to grow and provide me with fresh new edible plants that I am hoping to grow this year … I take comfort in those that I have managed to keep alive from last year … with some already happy to share their bounty with me! :)
My babies that had to be brought inside in winter … still looking well enough upon my return from Singapore. Except that when I started looking more closely … I soon realised that unwanted visitors had been having a ball of a time while I was away … despite the ‘water guy’ having put on his best pest-busting act!
Both the Hungarian red and black peppers were flowering and producing a lot more peppers … but they were also badly infected with the dreaded aphids! Thankfully, the aphids population has now been brought under control. Nobody (even tiny ones) messes with my babies when I am around! hehehe … *evil grin*
My curry plant, which was about to bloom just before I left, lost all the flowers and the developing seed buds upon my return! So no seed to collect and to keep (and to share) … much to my disappointment. :( And it was also starting to be infected with scale insects. Again, the unwanted visitors were quickly brought under control so that I do not lose my one and only curry plant!
On the positive side, the leaves on the plant have grown quite big … even bigger than the thickness of my thumb!
And despite growing tall and lanky, deprived of bright sunlight inside the living room … my ground cherry plant has continued to grow … and to flower … and to fruit! I loikeee … :) I still have not decided whether I should trim the plant and lose the developing flowers and cherries in the hope that fresh shoots will appear so that the plant will become bushy … or to just let it grow taller and taller! I shall have to find out more info before chopping it off!
Out on the balcony, I was surprised at some of my plants which are ready to be harvested … if I so wish it. Apart from the usual herbs, such as rosemary, thyme, marjoram and several pots of chives …
… my pea and bean shoots are also ready for the plate … after having left to grow very slowly on the table outside in winter but, of course, covered lightly in bubble sheets lah!! They are now in the greenhouse shelf as I need the table to do some of my garden work!
White and red shallots or spring onions. Some are ready to be picked and eaten, too!
My Tom Thumb pea plants … which I left growing on the balcony wrapped in a protective plastic sheet. The ‘water guy’ totally overlooked these plants for the whole of 5 weeks that I was away. But when I opened the plastic wrap on my return…. I got a lovely surprise. The plants were busy flowering and producing pea pods inside their plastic cocoon … despite having to battle the aphids and the lack of water! :)
Some of my carrot plants and radishes from last year’s growing season.
And last, but not least …
… my berries bearing plants are growing well, too. The strawberries have started to flower … which means that I should be able to taste some early strawberries … if there are no last-minute snowfall or hailstorms in spring lah!
So despite being a little on the late side in the seed sowing department this year, … by taking the risk of having grown some of these plants late in the growing season last year, this seems to have paid off for me. It might not be much … but I am already happily harvesting my broad bean shoots …
…. as well as these little guys at the end of March! That two cute little peas are my first peas for this season and to me … they are the sweetest peas that I have ever tasted! :)
So everything considered … I am one happy gardener, especially as I have brought back something from my trip home to Singapore to plant in my edible garden this year! :D