It is the end of June and the beginning of summer … and the sunny weather is finally here to stay … horrayyy!!!
So my balcony garden is finally starting to shape up and is looking a lot like … a balcony garden! hehehe … 😀
Even though I started my gardening act on the late side this year … not until nearly mid April as I had been away for several months … I am happy that my balcony potager is making good progress. No doubt, it is lagging behind other potager gardens … but with good weather I am pretty sure that it will soon catch up. In fact, we have already started to eat produce from our small potager!
I am actually quite pleased with myself because … despite the lateness in starting my gardening season this year and the fear that my plants might not have enough time to produce any edibles, I persevered in growing everything from either seeds or cuttings rather than trying to jumpstart my potager by buying potted plants and vegetable seedlings from the garden centre. It was tempting to do so … but, then, I have hundreds of packets of seeds to sow. So sensibility won.
As for those plants that I do not have the seeds or cuttings, there is always the small private garden centre at my disposal at … errr … the parents’! hehehe … 😀
The mum was very kind to let me have cuttings of some of the herbs at her potager (as several of mine died while I was absent) for me to try to grow … and she even offered to share several of the seedlings that she had been sowing. In fact, she even helped to sow some nasturtium seeds for me when I told her that I would have liked to have some but that I had never been very successful at sowing the seeds. Awww … so sweet of her, no?
Okay, here are a few shots of my balcony potager, still a work in progress …
Looking out the balcony door from the living room … at my pride and joy …
… as it stretches right up to the kitchen door. There is already a lot of plants growing on our balcony, I know … but … errr … I still have several more to squeeze into the lot! 😀
To maximise space usage this gardening season, I decided to use the mini greenhouse frame as shelving for small pots and those that require some shade from the hot glare of the summer sun.
So for my golden sweet peas which used to claim this frame for themselves every gardening season …
… I staked bamboo poles into the container and then tied raffia strings loosely all over them for the sweet peas to cling to. The bamboo frame has survived being batted by strong winds … so far … and hopefully it will continue to do so because …
… I adore looking at the lovely sweet pea flowers … and I enjoy eating these golden sweet mangetout peas even more!
I also use the railing brackets to put rectangular planters to grow more plants, mostly herbs and edible flowers such as pot marigolds, nasturtiums, lavender, oregano, chives, etc.
These beauties which I salvaged from an abandoned area below us before they started the building construction project will join the rest of the edible flowers on the railing. From just a few cuttings these violas tricolour have now occupied the whole rectangular planter and have not stopped flowering since early this year. For some people they might be just weed … but I love their exuberance and robustness. I do not have to water them much and yet, if I feel like it I can eat them! Yup, they are not only pretty to look at but they are edible, too. My kind of flowers! 🙂
And, as usual, this gardening season, I am growing several new plants that I have never grown before. But more about them in future posts.