After weeks of awful weather, it seems that the weather might be changing … finally!
We had some nice sunshine yesterday afternoon … and today, although it is a little windy, it looks like it will be another sunny afternoon. And despite some rain being forecast for this week … there will also be sunshine, too. It is about time, I’ll say!
So as soon as the sun came out and the temperature went up, I wasted no time in going out onto the balcony and did some gardening. Maybe I should wait a little … but I am getting a little impatient and decided that I will take my chances and so started planting out my bean and cucumber seedlings yesterday!
I had hope to do more planting today .. but first, I will need to get more soils. I had underestimated my soil need … overlooking the fact that I am adding a number of dustbins, buckets as well as grow bags to plant more vegetables this year. So after using up all the soils that I had to plant my seedlings … I then used the rest of the nice sunny afternoon doing what I do best — rearranging my pots and containers on the balcony hehehe … 😀
Anyway to kickstart the progress report on my edible balcony garden for the month of June, here is the latest update … on my salad greens.
Not all the salad seeds that I sowed germinated. Strangely, this year the ‘Brune d’Amerique‘ or American Brown salads (which I had bought and grew last year) failed to germinate. I tried sowing them twice and both times failed. Oh well … I will try again a bit later lah!
For now … these ‘Lettuce Rocky Top Mix’ provide more than enough salad greens to meet our need. They are supposed to be a little colourful … but look more green, instead!
They looked so good that it felt almost a shame to have to cut them … to fill our stomach!
But then … that is the whole purpose of growing them … for eating and most definitely not so that I could admire them! So … we have started having them with our meals lah. 🙂
These ‘Feuille de chêne’ salad greens are from the seeds that I harvested two years ago from the plants that had bolted. They were sown at about the same time as that of ‘Lettuce Rocky Top Mix’ … but did not grow as quickly … which is nice, as it means that they do not have to be harvested until much, much later!
Since it will not be until many, many weeks later that the carrots, tomatoes or the cucumbers will be ready for harvesting … so that I could add them to the salad leaves … so …
… the radish will have to do for now lah!. Although they are normally ready for harvesting within a month … this year, they took longer because of the cold spring weather. But better late than never!
As long as I got to reap what I had sown … I am more than happy! Hopefully this year, we will not have to buy any salad greens at all … not even the seedlings, even though I was tempted to do so when I saw the many varieties at the garden centre! 😀
Entries on balcony garden in May:
- Balcony garden in May … mints and rockets …
- Balcony garden in May … broad beans …
- Balcony garden in April … raspberries …