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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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Spring in the balcony garden part 1 – A photo story

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Life is what happens when you are busy making other plans. That apparently means that all your plans for doing a lot of cool post on what is happening in your garden gets waylaid by life. So I have decided to do a photo story in 3 parts about my spring –  the blog stood still but the gardening did not.

This is where I left you in February with a garden still in the wraps of winter and a lot of seeds in pots on the window sill.

February 2015
February 2015

The first signs of life outside.

Rhubarb making its way towards the light
Rhubarb making its way towards the light
Lemon Balm peeking through
Lemon Balm peeking through
The Chocolate Mint has survived
The Chocolate Mint has survived
The Garlic Chives has started as well
The Garlic Chives has started as well

Last year I lost one of my window boxes with forest strawberries to clogging in the self watering part of the window box. It was the one that had wintered from the year before. So I thought I would make sure that did not happen again. So begins the mission “Unclogging”.

First you turn out the entire patch of dirt, roots and strawberry plants.
First you turn out the entire patch of dirt, roots and strawberry plants.
The you clean the window box for roots and dirt
The you clean the window box for roots and dirt
Then you put the dirt patch back and you are good to - I hope
Then you put the dirt patch back and you are good to – I hope

Starting on releasing the garden from the wraps of winter.

Taking a little at a time - the garden might be small but the work load is not
Taking a little at a time – the garden might be small but the work load is not
Still a ways to go
Still a ways to go before spring

During April more and more green finds its way to the balcony and you really start to get the sense of spring.

Mint
Mint
Thyme that survived the winter
Thyme that survived the winter
The Parsley are coming along nicely
The Parsley are coming along nicely
I do love the color of Basil
I do love the color of Basil
A new patch of Garlic Chives
A new patch of Garlic Chives
The tomatoes and peppers are coming nicely
The tomatoes and peppers are coming nicely
They grow and grow
They grow and grow

As April progresses the outside is picking up more and more speed and weekly you see more green.

The apple tree is getting its leaves
The apple tree is getting its leaves
The Rhubarb is no longer just peeking through
The Rhubarb is no longer just peeking through
Lemon Balm
Lemon Balm
Chocolate Mint
Chocolate Mint
Garlic Chives
Garlic Chives
Some Forest Strawberries decided to move in with my Apple tree - waiting for spring
Some Forest Strawberries decided to move in with my Apple tree – waiting for spring

End of part 1 – Enjoy Sara

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