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.
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.
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!
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.
I transplanted two of them into larger pots… This is one.
…and it has its own little crop of accidents now.
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.
I clipped this off the tomato plant that won’t fruit, but has decided to take over the greenhouse like a vine…
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.
Where to stick your Aloe Vera “babies” when you’ve run out of pots and dirt…
It seems to like growing in water okay.
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.
The heated greenhouse will make short work of the thawing process, I think.
This will add to my composting!
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