Spring in the balcony garden part 2 – A photo story

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When your window sill turns into a small jungle you know it is time to move into bigger pots and make a jungle out of your living room instead. That is what happened next in my spring.

The small jungle
The small jungle
Those who are ready to move to bigger accomodations
Those who are ready to move to bigger accommodations
Getting the gear ready - washing and cleaning
Getting the gear ready – washing and cleaning
Those who are left in the small jungle in order to do a bit more growing
Those who are left in the small jungle in order to do a bit more growing

I don’t really have the option of making a big mess when planting as I do it in my kitchen in my rented apartment. So I use a mixing pot for mixing the soil I use. The soil is a mixture of “old” soil, new soil and organic fertilizer. All my soil on more or less my entire balcony goes through my hands every spring.

My mixing pot
My mixing pot

I always use clay pellets at the bottom of the pot. They help retain water, provide air to the roots and prevent rotting of the roots. In Denmark they are known as Leca but in other countries they are known as clay pellets for hydroponic gardening. They are very common in Denmark.

Leca clay pellets
Leca clay pellets

I have removed the leaves at the bottom as I plan to put that part of the steam underground. That helps promote more roots.

In with the new tenant
In with the new tenant

One tomato happy in its new 10 liter pot.

Happy spring
Happy spring
Dirty hands are the proof of a gardener
Dirty hands are the proof of a gardener
All the new tenants happy in their new homes
All the new tenants happy in their new homes
More from the small jungle join what is aiming to be the big jungle
More from the small jungle join what is aiming to be the big jungle
And even more - this is now quite a big jungle
And even more – this is now quite a big jungle

Last year I had great success sharing some of my crops with my neighbors. Salad, herbs and peas. Especially the peas made the one year old next door really happy – that and my cat Luna. So this year I am planning on doing the same. I have decided on mostly herbs and a window box with edible flowers. But before that can happen I need to get the herbs ready and into new pots.

All new pots
All new pots

I have had an apple tree for 4 years now and last year was the first time I hand pollinated it. The first year it did not give any apples and the year after only one. I figured there were not enough insects and decided to give nature a hand. That resulted in at least 50 apples last year and I had to prune off fruit to not strain the tree. So I decided to repeat the success and here I am with my brush.

The beauty of the apple blossoms in spring
The beauty of the apple blossoms in spring
Me and my brush
Me and my brush

End of part 2 – Enjoy Sara

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