THE BALCONY DRESSER

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

Month: May, 2015

The onions, second season

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Last year, I wrote rather extensively about how the onions proceeded from flower to seeds, how I harvested the seeds and sowed them again. The sprouts, which had grown from the seeds, remained outside during the winter, partly covered with fir green (you can still spot some needles on the photo). When spring came, they started growing again and during the last couple of days they almost doubled in size. They already make good scallions now, but I am really curious to see whether I will end up with actual onions eventually. By the way, the bunch of smaller leaves on the right are from onion seeds I sowed around the end of February this year.

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Ice Saints

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We are just going through the days of what we refer to as the Ice Saints in central Europe. The term refers to the period from 11th to 15th of May where purportedly night frosts are once again possible. Traditional wisdom therefore has it that plants, which are not frost-resistant, should only be moved outside after the feast day of the last Ice Saint, Saint Sophia.

This year, however, I rather wanted to beg the saints for ice cream while temperatures reached 30 degrees Celsius. And yet we do have snow balls like those beautiful ones in a nearby front garden.

Pollen

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Initially, I wanted to make a bad joke about how sometimes polls and pollen come together in this week of British general elections, but this is not a political blog. So, I just stick to saying that this radish plant (more about its current development soon) did not fall prey to an unknown desease, but got its spots from pollen dust. In fact, all surfaces in our neighborhood like cars, windows or bike saddles are bright yellow these days.

Seedsticks

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We’ve had a streak of rainy and cold days lately, which I know were great for the outdoor plants, but got me to turn to my indoor window sills again. In one of the pots where I keep kitchen herbs all year long, I put some seedsticks (with cress and basil seeds) that I had lying around for some time, wondering how they would develop. It turned out that they were doing really well despite being clustered so densely. Probably, this is not the right method for any plant species, but for those for which it does work, it is a quick and clean way to easily fill one’s pots with green leaves.

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