I thought it was time for a little update on how we’re getting on with our balcony garden given that it’s been just over two months (!) since I wrote my first post.
I would describe the progress so far as being mixed. There’s a lot more green stuff out there than there was a few months ago (and I’ve grown a tiny strawberry!) but I’ve also killed quite a lot of seedlings/plants too, generally by a mixture of over and under watering. Watering really stresses me out.
I originally started out with a lavender plant (pictured above and now deceased), another plant which I never remembered the name of (also deceased) and some raspberry canes (looking pretty healthy!). I think bought seeds for growing basil, rosemary, tomatoes, chillies and salad. All of this first batch died, mostly bceause I went away for Easter and didn’t leave them enough water. This is a really cheery update isn’t it? I haven’t even got to the plant that was squashed to the point of destruction by a pigeon.
But despite all the setbacks, I have not lost heart! In the last few weeks, I think things have gone from strength to strength, not least because I gave up on the idea of growing things from seeds (apart from the second batch of basil which is holding firm and salad leaves which I’ve been reliably informed that even an idiot can grow) and bought little plants from the garden centre instead. This was a much better idea, as evidenced by the aforementioned tiny strawberries. That tomato plants and carrots that I bought are also looking pretty good and I have quite a selection of herbs in the kitchen now, all of which I’ve successfully potted and kept alive for several weeks (although I admit that the parsley is looking a little ropey).
Apart from the herbs, we’re yet to eat anything that we’ve grown although I think some of the salad leaves (below) are probably ready for harvest and I hope the strawberries aren’t too far away. I’m a little worried that everything is going to die when we go on holiday in a couple of weeks but I’m hoping that my boyfriend will rig up some kind of intricate watering system to keep them happy while we’re away.
I think it’s fairly evident at this point that I’m not much of a gardener despite my diligent watching of Gardeners’ World every Friday. That said, I can’t help but love every moment that I get to spend in my balcony garden and hopefully by the time I write my next update, I’ll be able to wax lyrical in a fairly pretentious way about all the delicious fruit and vegetables that we’ve grown in our little urban oasis!