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

Month: June, 2016

First times: first female flower

acorn squash_260616Finally, after a long streak of rainy days, there is the first female flower of this season’s acorn squash.


Landing for Breakfast

pollinator (1)Prepare for landing.
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1 plant, 3 settings

1outof3_5I don’t usually consider my plants a type of decoration for my apartment. Instead, I guess, I have more nuanced kinds of relationships with my plants. Some plants are food or spices, of course,  but I don’t simply care for them in order to harvest eventually. Then there are other plants that don’t really serve a purpose, but which I love all the same. This jade plant, for instance, is a holiday souvenir – I had brought home a clipping from Spain a couple of years ago and ever since it grows (reluctantly sometimes) in our appartment. Read the rest of this entry »

Opening up


Somehow I forgot to harvest one of the onions last year and it took advantage of the situation by growing a flower bud. Here it is, risen way above the balcony rail, starting to open up.

New this year: mustard and parsnips


Apart from the field salad project already mentioned, there are two other plant species that I am growing for the first time this season. The first, which started flowering this morning, is mustard. While I was making rhubarb chutney in late April, I threw some mustard seeds not only in the sauce pan but also in a flower pot on the balcony. Looking at the plant now, it seems to have worked so far. Read the rest of this entry »

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