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This Greenhousey Thing Might Be Panning Out…

Posted by Les Becker on January 17, 2016 in Balcony Greenhouse, Gardening, Photography |
Balcony Greenhouse - January 201
Balcony Greenhouse - January 201

Balcony Greenhouse – January 2016
Taken January 17, 2016 with
Samsung Galaxy 3
© Les Becker, 2016

My little balcony greenhouse seems to be doing surprisingly well… I really didn’t expect this. The above photo shows most of the very tiny space.

Blooming Cucumber!

Blooming Cucumber!
Taken January 17, 2016 with
Samsung Galaxy 3
© Les Becker, 2016

I planted this cucumber from seed in October of 2015 – it’s still really tiny, as cucumber plants go; even cucumber plants grown in pots, if my summer parking lot garden of 2015 is any indication – and yet, it’s flowering! I can see a few more buds coming, which I’m grateful for, as I think I’ll have to propagate it by hand. Wish me luck with that.

A Closer Look...

A Closer Look…
Taken January 17, 2016 with
Samsung Galaxy 3
© Les Becker, 2016

Second Mini Pepper Harvest!

Second Mini Pepper Harvest!
Taken January 17, 2016 with
Samsung Galaxy 3
© Les Becker, 2016

I still have two mini pepper plants left over from my summer garden. I brought them in and up to the greenhouse because they were just beginning to grow peppers, and we had already been hit with a frost or two. They gave me a lot of mini peppers, which I was really impressed with, as I had harvested the seeds from a couple of supermarket-purchased mini sweet peppers to grow them.

And here comes harvest number two! I only have the one pepper thus far, but I see another one coming on the same plant, and the other pepper plant continues to blossom… so I continue to try my hand at doing the job of the absent honey bees this winter. I think I may be getting better at it, finally!

Accidental Pepper Plants

Accidental Pepper Plants
Taken January 17, 2016 with
Samsung Galaxy 3
© Les Becker, 2016

I filled this planter with “homemade dirt” from my DIY composters – yup; straight compost. My original plan was to grow lettuce, but the planter sat there full of super homegrown plant manure for a few days and then I noticed no less than thirty-seven pepper plants sprouting up.

I don’t know what kind of peppers they might be. It’s even possible there are several different types here and I just can’t tell the difference as of yet. At any rate, I really ought comb through my kitchen scraps a little more closely to avoid this from now on. I mean, what the hell am I supposed to do with 37 pepper plants?!

No. I can’t “weed them out” – these are my babies, dammit, even if they are accidental.

Transplanted Accidental Pepper Plant

Transplanted Accidental Pepper Plant
Taken January 17, 2016 with
Samsung Galaxy 3
© Les Becker, 2016

I transplanted two of them into larger pots… This is one.

More Accidental Pepper Plants...

More Accidental Pepper Plants…
Taken January 17, 2016 with
Samsung Galaxy 3
© Les Becker, 2016

…and it has its own little crop of accidents now.

Lone Pea Plant

Lone Pea Plant
Taken January 17, 2016 with
Samsung Galaxy 3
© Les Becker, 2016

Peas don’t seem to like the balcony. I’ve planted several different sets of peas, only to have one set come up and then slowly wither away, and another two sets not come up at all.

This one did though – I stuck a pea in the hole left from an Accidental Pepper Plant transplant and this one stuck its head up a few days ago.

Propagated Tomato Branch

Propagated Tomato Branch
Taken January 17, 2016 with
Samsung Galaxy 3
© Les Becker, 2016

I clipped this off the tomato plant that won’t fruit, but has decided to take over the greenhouse like a vine…

Lettuce Beginning

Lettuce Beginning
Taken January 17, 2016 with
Samsung Galaxy 3
© Les Becker, 2016

I have half a dozen newly-planted pots of various types of lettuce. So far, this is the first to show itself. No, I don’t remember what type I planted in this pot – I like Surprise Me Lettuce best.

Aloe Vera Propagating

Aloe Vera Propagating
Taken January 17, 2016 with
Samsung Galaxy 3
© Les Becker, 2016

Where to stick your Aloe Vera “babies” when you’ve run out of pots and dirt…

Aloe Vera Propagating 2

Aloe Vera Propagating 2
Taken January 17, 2016 with
Samsung Galaxy 3
© Les Becker, 2016

It seems to like growing in water okay.

Bringing the Outdoors In...

Bringing the Outdoors In…
Taken January 17, 2016 with
Samsung Galaxy 3
© Les Becker, 2016

These are the recently rescued Kitchen Garden pots… I brought them up the Second Floor Balcony this morning – snow, frozen dirt, dead foliage and all.

Thawing Out

Thawing Out
Taken January 17, 2016 with
Samsung Galaxy 3
© Les Becker, 2016

The heated greenhouse will make short work of the thawing process, I think.

Mulch-in-a-Pot

Mulch-in-a-Pot
Taken January 17, 2016 with
Samsung Galaxy 3
© Les Becker, 2016

This will add to my composting!

Soon-to-be-Reclaimed Dirt...

Soon-to-be-Reclaimed Dirt…
Taken January 17, 2016 with
Samsung Galaxy 3
© Les Becker, 2016

Once it’s completely thawed, I’ll pick out any rotting vegetation, fertilize the “new” soil, and plant more edibles.

Random Song-for-the-Day: “Ex’s & Oh’s” – Elle King

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