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Update: Patio Garden






Well – the patio garden is doing pretty amazing. It’s been a month and they’re growing! We have about 5 large tomatos, all green. The grape tomato plant just began flowering last week and has tons of little buds. And the basil plant is lush and green.

The heat is helping, I think. We learned to water them all more often. H is always asking me if I’ve watered them that day, and if I haven’t, he’ll take the water can and go to it. Love that he cares about them. I hardly forget to do the watering, though they do need some trimming. I let the basil grow a bit too much, it began to flower. Cut those right off. The grape tomato plant needs a stake to grown on too.

Overall, they are doing really well. And smell amazing. I am impressed. There really is something rewarding about growing things.

How are your summer gardens growing?

Patio Garden, Finally




Memorial Day weekend I finally got my butt to Loew’s and purchased some plants. (I mean, it’s only been OVER A YEAR since the inklings of a garden began). I wasn’t in a great mood, but H helped with the overwhelm. We picked out one basil plant, one small grape tomato plant and one large tomato plant, plus a few tiny succulents ( I want 100 of them)

They were all transplanted into large bowls and pots with really no knowledge of what we’re doing. But I figure the plants themselves will show signs of what they need, and if all fails, they were cheaper than the pots, which we can put new plants in, if necessary.

But today was the shining moment. When I checked the plants this morning, I saw two tiny little green tomatoes, no bigger than the end of my pinky finger, sprouting away. ::Success::

I’m a tad worried we’ve over-watered in the past two days (H is actually into this project and gunning to water everything all the time) but I think they’ll recover. Since we were hit with “June gloom” recently, I was worried we wouldn’t get any tomatoes, but here they are.

All three plants smell amazing, and getting outside into fresh air and picking through their leaves focuses me in a way other household chores do not. It’s so relaxing and nourishing to check on them each day.

Seeing this as the beginning of a very long and deep love affair.


Teeny Tiny Gardens

OMG I want to do this right now. This being CONTAINER GARDENING – growing things has been on my mind a bit recently. And I just love things that break the rules. Don’t have enough space for a garden? Just make the container smaller.

Like, really small.

From Life On The Balcony blog

Also note this ridiculousness: A tiny planter for my bike?! An even tinier planter for my NECK?!

But really, I’ve toyed with the idea of growing tomatoes – just tomatoes – because if I could grow them I would have fresh deliciousness at hand and I would save at least $8 per month. But when I start contemplating tomatoes, broccoli, zucchini, lettuce come out to play. My imagination spins planters upon planters of vegetables, an entire wall of succulents and maybe a fruit tree for good measure. Preferably oranges. Sweet ones.

Haven’t taken the plunge though. First of all, I don’t know where to start. And secondly, I’ve killed all four plants we’ve had in the past 2 years. I can name them for you — there was the Benjamin Ficus, the succulent (this one wasn’t my fault – the wind knocked it over and split it in two), the general, hardy flowering plant and the basil plant. Yes. I am interested in growing a full on farm on my balcony and I couldn’t be trusted with a basil plant. Thirdly, our balcony is small and full of LA dust and it seems the little hothouse window above my kitchen sink made for growing things does nothing but fry them indefinitely. I’ve been at a loss.

Cue “Life On The Balcony“, a blog about container gardening. It came to me from Anthology Magazine which the wonderful Susannah Conway linked to in her Something For The Weekend post April 6th. Ah, the internet 🙂

So one of three problems (#1 above) is pretty much solved by the awesomeness of the web. Problems 2 & 3, I’m hoping, will come in due time as I read said blog and then move on to actually picking up a trowel. But let’s not get ahead of our sprouts… I mean selves. Happy Monday!