Garden ‘09: Week 10

Six weeks have gone by since my last post about my garden (not counting my screaming at fowl) and there have been some massive changes. The first thing, I’ve been doing a lot of harvesting, as you can see here:

Bok Choi

Bok Choi

Herbs

Herbs

Kale

Kale

That was a bunch of herbs,  bok choi and kale… I still have three heads of bok choi (one of which is trying to bolt, so I think I’ll be harvesting it soon) and plenty of kale. The next biggest thing is that the massive amount of rain we got here followed by a sudden increase in temperature (60 and 70 degrees for over a week, followed by temps in the 90s) caused my herbs and leafy plants to explode, while stunting my tomatoes and peppers a bit. You can note in the photo that my arugula and spinach flowered, but I decided to leave ’em be (I had already harvested all I could, so what’s the harm in letting it bloom?).

Here are some closeups of a few of my veggies (tomatoes, peppers, strawberries, etc):

Strawberry

Strawberry

Strawberry

Strawberry

Strawberry

Strawberry

Nasturtium

Nasturtium

Jalepeno

Jalepeno

Tomatoes

Tomatoes

Week 10

Side 2

Week 10

Side 1

Not too shabby for being grown on a balcony, no? I’ll admit, it hasn’t been easy… here are some things I’ve learned:

  1. Celery needs water. A lot of water. Tons of water. I use an entire watering can every morning just to make sure that they don’t get droopy in the heat.
  2. Spring Garlic turn into garlic cloves very fast… and they aren’t plucked easily. This wouldn’t be a problem, except I planted some carrots with them. Bad move.
  3. Birds like strawberries. Seems obvious, but I didn’t think about it. I’ve taken to harvesting my berries first thing in the morning so that I can get them before the birds show up.
  4. Only plant herbs you’ll use often because you’ll have a lot of them. A lot. Seriously. I don’t know what I was thinking getting Summer Savory. I’ve used it once (I need to buy some spring lamb, methinks).

Now, I almost lost a bunch of my veggies two days ago due to a sudden hail storm with very strong winds. Jess and I ended up having to run out and grab all of our plants and bring them in before they were destroyed (one of the good things about a balcony garden). Hopefully there aren’t too many more of those in the future!

That’s it for now… things continue to grow, hopefully the rains stop and I get to have some peppers and tomatoes in the coming weeks!!

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