THE BALCONY DRESSER

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

Month: July, 2017

Only child

onlychildThis chili pepper seems to specialize and grows only one pod so far – a big one, but not more. You can see that other flowers have been pollinated, but have not developed since. I don’t really know why this is the case, even more since we’ve had enough sun and heat, which should normally please the plant.

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Jealousy about food?

foodjealousyI am not sure whether the pollinators are actually competing for food these days of summer flowers, but what I am pretty certain of is that broken petals do not prevent them from stopping by.

Mustard harvest

mustardharvest17 (1)mustardharvest17 (2)mustardharvest17 (3)mustardharvest17 (4)This week, it was already time to harvest the mustard. Sun, soil, water, and pollinators did their job, while voracious plant louses failed to do theirs (i.e. kill the plant). The harvest yielded one teaspoonful of seeds and now I am pondering what to use them for.

First squash flower

squash_150717Things are getting serious in the squashes’ corner. The first flower is out and yellowy attractive. In fact, I had not planned to grow squash on the balcony this year, but somehow the plants made it out and here we are. Like last year when the squash plants came up with many flowers, but with no fruit, I am sure they will make me happy regardless of hwether there is some squash harvest in the fall. For sure, they will provide me with flowers to eat or to marvel at.

First chili pepper flower

firstchilipepperflower2017When I came home after a long week of work, the chili pepper greeted me with its first flower of the season. Happy weekend!

Back in the pumpkin business

squash_0107Okay, I admit it: I couldn’t resist planting squash seeds again this year. It’s Hokkaido squash this time and probably already a little late, but then again, there is nothing to lose. So far, the squash plants share the pot with the mustard (that I have been talking about already), but not long and the mustard is ready to harvest so that the squashes will be on their own.

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