THE BALCONY DRESSER

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

Category: Balcony

One chili pepper for cooking

chili pepper_0917This chili pepper, which for some reason remained the only fruit on the plant, has just been harvested and turned into delicious dinner. We opted for this (highly recommendable) dish (minus the meat) and it was great as usual. At one point I still had to think: it takes so long to grow the chili pepper and it is being eaten so quickly.

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Tidying up

tidying upGiven that I grow mostly vegetables or herbs in small pots, there is not much need to prune my plants. Yet, from time to time and mostly when first yellow leaves and withered flowers indicate weaker parts ofthe plants, I make a little round with my scissors or thumb and finger. Above is today’s result.

Finally!

IMG_1378Last year in Italy, we bought tomatoes cuore di bue on the market, turned them into a sauce that we spilled over fresh pasta – and when we ate, some of their seeds were already tucked away to be taken home and sowed out at the beginning of the new season. And here we are at the end of it. Although the plant is too big for my balcony, I came regularly fo a visit and I am glad it not only developed three tomatoes, but that these even start to ripen.

Summer (forever) plants

summerplant_2Summer vacation is over and the air smells like fall (and rain and lower temperatures). And although I like fall and am looking forward to it for all the well-known reasons of golden leaves and pumkins, I’d rather have another week of summer to say good-bye properly. Read the rest of this entry »

Welcome, bee!

bee_fetthenneI know that I have just posted another round of photos with pollinators, but it cannot be stressed enough that with monoculture and pesticides dominating farming, bees (and other insects) have a hard time. That is why they sometimes even find better living conditions in the city with its greater variation of plants and flowers – and some plants like this sedum, which is just about to start flowering, are especially bee-friendly.

Buzziness

buzziness (1)buzziness (2)buzziness (3)buzziness (4)The blooming winter savory is currently the plant that attracts most pollinators. My problem is that as a result the savory produces quite a lot of seeds that spread all over the balcony and will definitely sprout next spring. Given that I find it hard to pull plants out, I now have three pots in which winter savory grows (and blooms).

Still, if you are looking for a plant that is easily grown on the balcony, that demands little care, stays outside during winter and that can be used in the kitchen, savory might be one of the best options.

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.

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!

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