No space is too small to enjoy the pleasure of homegrown somethings sometimes.



The sky is blue, but we got a scaffolding around our house for some roof work lasting at least two months. I had to empty my balcony and exile my plants either on befriended balconies or inside the apartment. Some plants of the second group are out on the scaffolding now for the work-free weekend. I am actually quite worried about the situation, in particular since this is the beginning of planting season, but, obviously, as a tenant, there is nothing I can do.

Despite this unideal situation I will try to both keep growing edible plants at home and keep writing about the process, but it might be a little less than usual. Fingers crossed that the building work goes without delay at least.



tulips_318 (2)The season’s first bouquet of tulips is on the kitchen table and the whole room feels different.  Read the rest of this entry »

Snow, dropping

frost_3frost_1frost_2snowdropsThis past week, it was freezing day and night, literally. Still, it is no news that there is beauty in everything and the frost was no exception.


Snowy interlude

green inside_white outsideA couple of grey, cold and snowy days have slowed the growing process considerably. I just wonder what these little chili pepper plants think when they see the snow piling up outside the window.

If you can’t wait…don’t!

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Like I said, it’s hard enough to wait for spring, especially when winter days seem extra long and dark. Well, it turns out that I am not alone. These little chili pepper plants came out a few days after seeding, clearly a sign that they hope for an early spring like me. And they were even granted some rays of winter sun today. Read the rest of this entry »

Welcome 2018!

welcome 20182018 is here and I wish you and your plants a healthy, happy and green new year! I am already excited about growing new plans and am counting the days until the seeds go into the soil. In the selection above you find from left to right mustard, pumpkin, cress and chili pepper. In addition, I plan to grow peas for the first time… I can’t wait (but still have to).

Got this covered?

gotthiscovered_2The first snow arrived and for a time long enoug to take a picture a white blanket covered the city’s dirty streets and sidewalks. In the meantime, most of the balcony plants are hibernating and I covered the sensible ones with spare fir branches left over from advent wreath making.


sedum_frosted (2)_1The first frost came and left everything sugar-coated. Is this season so pretty because it’s got the finiteness written all over it?


textbook (1)Gardening as I do it relies mostly on trying to learn what the plant likes best and then treat her that way. That does not mean, however,  that I never consult books, blogs or websites. Quite the contrary, I love browsing plants.

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repotted_1It’s rare that a plant so audibly tells you that it needs to be repotted as this jade plant did. Having grown tall and heavy during a long summer in a much too small pot, it fell over one day, being kept back by the balcony’s bars only.

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