Thursday, May 7, 2009

garden fresh


This year we decided to make use of our small balcony space and plant a garden. We planted lettuce, herbs (dill, oregano, chives and tarragon), chilli peppers, and tomatoes... oh yes, and a pumpkin. The lettuce just started sprouting, which is very exciting, and the pumpkin plant is growing like a weed. We'll be transplanting it soon into a proper garden plot at mom's house, so there won't be a miraculous orange giant haunting our balcony. There's still a bit of room left out there, so still trying to decide what else to plant. Suggestions? Will update with more pics as more things start growing!

17 comments:

The Stapelia Company said...

Ooo! I love the idea of using a balcony to make a garden. I may just have to do that as I only have a deck... Nice.

Jacaranda Designs said...

I just bought my herbs the other day but have yet to plant them. Maybe this weekend!

erin dollar said...

I planted some ranunculus out on my balcony... and it's already dead four weeks later. I think I have a black thumb, not a speck of green. oh well, your little garden looks lovely!

backhomeagain said...

Great way to use your little space. We have a huge yard full of rocky dirt and haven't planted a thing...

Jenn said...

Exciting! Tomatoes grow like crazy but definitely want to wait until you move it to your moms backyard, because they grow so fast!

Frenchell said...

What a great idea! I need to do something like that.

AMIdesigns said...

oh you've inspired me to try my hand at this. only the weather here is so awful at the minute. maybe once it settles a bit..

Shannon said...

Lovely pictures. I would plant some basil, to go with the tomatoes. Then all you'll need is some olive oil and maybe some mozzarella cheese, and you'll have delicious caprese salad all summer. :)

TMCPhoto said...

We want to start a garden ourselves but as neither of us have a green thumb or any gardening experience we're a little apprehensive about digging in. Love your little green sprouts though, we just may do it yet

readingsully2 said...

Looks wonderful. I have a friend who just started her own square foot garden. It is neat.

Stacey said...

Your garden looks quite happy and healthy!!

Emily said...

Yahoo for balcony gardens! We've had great luck with tomatoes (various kinds) and jalepeƱo peppers, plus herbs of all kinds. Good luck with everything — and definitely a good idea to transplant the pumpkins to a real plot! :)

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secret cake said...

Spring has sprung! Love seeing new plantlings peeking out of the soil...

I've got some tiny basil starts basking in the sunshine in the kitchen.

cabin + cub said...

Thanks for the suggestions everyone!
I will updated more in the coming weeks!

Rachel Kovaciny said...

Great idea! I plant flowers in hanging baskets on my balcony, but maybe I should try some herbs or berries too. Good luck with yours!

californiablue said...

We have a similar set up with all our plants in containers. This year was the first year that we are trying organic strawberries. They are doing very well! You might want to consider adding these to your garden.

I did a blog post with a picture on my blog for reference - http://californiablue.tumblr.com/post/96875167/our-first-attempt-at-growing-organic-strawberries

nath said...

Well, get some more salad on the go - you can get great oriental or spicy mixes that instantly make a great salad bowl. We ate salad twice a day all last summer from a very modest plot.

Other things that do well in containers are blueberries, strawberries, rainbow chard (keeps going for ages) and if you can get hold of some large-ish olive oil containers ( from a restaurant or store for example) then you could quite happily grow a few different types of tomatoes and they look beautiful!