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

Month: October, 2016

Pumpkins and squashes


halloween16_3halloween16_2halloween16_1Unfortunately, I did not manage to grow any acorn squashes on the balcony this season. Regular wind and heavy rain throughout the summer months were probably not exactly what the plant wanted. But luckily other pumpkin farmers were more successful. So on the occasion of halloween, here is a small squash and pumpkin collection.


New addition


More than once, I declared that I am primarily growing edible plants on my balcony. Well, that aim remains, but this time I couldn’t resist adding a non-edible plant to the collection. This sedum is originally from my mother’s garden and I had taken the clipping to put it in a vase on our dining table. There it remained fresh and pretty for about three weeks without even showing the tiniest sign of withering. Instead, it showed its intention to grow further – by developing roots.

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Holiday souvenirs

agave_1Taking plants home as holiday souvenirs is both tempting and tricky. It is tempting because when travelling, I often see plants that we either do not have in our region or that are simply so beautiful that I would love to put them into my bag. Then again, I am reminded that, first, there are strict legal limits to doing this, and secondly, you might end up killing a plant by taking it out of it natural habitat (let alone the risk of importing bugs or deseases that you seriously don’t want to start spreading). Read the rest of this entry »



This morning, I have harvested the first two parsnips. Their roots look small in comparison to the leaves, but actually they are not as tiny. And pulling them out was a lot harder than I had thought. Read the rest of this entry »

Onion pole

onion_250916_1The onion outgrew my balcony this year. It looked over our street, flowered, but did not develop many seeds. Now I’ve finally harvested it and once it was inside the apartment, I realized how tall it was, almost reaching the doorhandle. Luckily, the bulb was still good to eat – I used it for an onion tart (together with some store-bought onions).

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