Lavender

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Look how amazing the lavender is looking… it brightens my day every morning when I see it so colourful and flowery.

Also, it is a treat to the camera so I took the chance do some practise…

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Have a nice start to the week 🙂

Jara

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Bugs on the peach tree!

Yesterday, while watering the plants I noticed something weird on the peach tree, like a reaction or something. When I stopped and took a closer look… one of the black things moved!! Arghh! Bugs!!!

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I looked around the web for solutions and among others I found this page that proposes natural remedies. Since I didn’t have time for doing a maceration of nettle, or for brewing onions I tried the easiest of the ideas: spray the tree with a solution of neutral soap in water.

If it doesn’t work I think I’ll go for the onion or the garlic brew… basically because these are the next easy ones… since I have those in my kitchen unlike the stinging nettle!!

Has this ever happened to you? What did you do?

Please cross fingers with me for it to work!! 😉

Jara

Planting tomatoes

 
The tomatoes we sown on iogurt pots have grown enough to be transplanted into bigger pots.

This time I chose round pots instead of trugs because I read that tomatoes need deep soil to grow.

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I had two small pots, one with three seedlings and one with four. One one hand I wanted to plant the seedlings with some space in between but on the other hand I was afraid that when separating one from the other I would damage the roots… Finally I decided that since I am learning about this growing stuff I could try one thing with each and see which one works better.

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Another doubt I have is if four plants in one pot are going to be too crowded… I honestly have no idea how big they are gonna get! I guess we’ll see.

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Although the weather is being quite mild these days I am not sure the plants are still ready to stand the nights outside when the temperature drops, they look so small yet!! So for the moment we have them on our living room with the mint and we’ll take them outside when they look stronger and the nights are a bit less cold.

Hope you had a great weekend! 🙂

Jara

First entry

Hi there!
My name is Jara and I have created this blog to share my quest to turn my balcony into a green edible paradise!
First of all, I must warn you I am a total total rookie not only on growing food, but in gardening in general, in fact.. all I have ever grown in my life has been a lentil in a yoghurt pot in middle school!!
Before starting I have been reading this book that my boyfriend very nicely gave me this Christmas, “The Edible Balcony” which has been great because it explains the basics on how to grow lots of different crops, mixed with incredible pictures and very original ideas!
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Also I have been browsing internet, blogs and other pages with general information. I am still quite unsure but, I guess that the best way to learn will be to try it out and see what happens!
So yesterday we went to a garden centre and after looking at everything, asking a hundred questions to the very nice salesman we came home with all this stuff:
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multipurpose compost and two medium troughs
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a bunch of seeds, which of course won’t plant all of them at once… but I was standing there in front of so many options and I ended up taking quite a few!
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and finally three sweet onion seedlings ready to plant! I know maybe this is cheating a little.. but I though it would be good for our morale to have some green on the balcony already to cheer us up while we grow the rest from scratch!
I’ll tell you all about our first planting on the next post!
Jara