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 Post subject: aelle's balcony
PostPosted: Wed Jun 22, 2011 2:32 am 
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I started growing food on my balcony this spring. I think I put some of the early pictures in an old thread but they got lost when the Greenhouse subforum opened.

Here is what I had around mid-May....

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Basil - it was still indoors then.

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Mint, just barely alive after a cruel winter and an overcrowded pot.

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Lettuce, in dumpstered desk drawers.

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And teeny tiny sprouts of zucchini.

Since then, we've had very sunny, very hot and moist weather. The typical early Korean summer, which apparently plants love as long as they get watered enough.
And the progress a month later...

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The mint is growing pretty well!

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The basil didn't do all that great, especially since it got some kind of lice. Who knows anything about Korean plant lice?

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The lettuce is amaaaaazing - I've been plucking it daily to eat a big salad for lunch, and there's still more than I could eat.

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Look at that zucchini! I could not believe how fast it grew. Climbing all over the place, too. We'll have flowers in a few days.

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I also planted some snap peas (which Veg Eric sent me in his massive care package) and they've been growing really fast, too. We're seeing the first flowers.

Now here's the fun part... Monsoon started today. Ha! No idea how the veggies will fare. At least I'm off watering duty.


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 Post subject: Re: aelle's balcony
PostPosted: Wed Jun 22, 2011 3:03 am 
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Gorgeous! I am insanely jealous.

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 Post subject: Re: aelle's balcony
PostPosted: Wed Jun 22, 2011 5:10 am 
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...and your desk drawer idea is awesome!


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 Post subject: Re: aelle's balcony
PostPosted: Wed Jun 22, 2011 11:15 am 
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Lookin' good!
Sorry about your basil...Personally I'd probably toss them and get new plants so nothing else gets infested since you're in a small space, but that's just my preference.
Those zucchini tendrils are so adorable!

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 Post subject: Re: aelle's balcony
PostPosted: Wed Jun 22, 2011 2:05 pm 
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Cool garden!!

What kind of zucchini plant is that? I've never grown one that had tendrils and climbed up a trellis... Were they seeds you got locally? Is it some cool mutation zucchini/pumpkin? Guess we'll see when the first fruit sets!

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 Post subject: Re: aelle's balcony
PostPosted: Wed Jun 22, 2011 5:58 pm 
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Thanks all!

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Cool garden!!

What kind of zucchini plant is that? I've never grown one that had tendrils and climbed up a trellis... Were they seeds you got locally? Is it some cool mutation zucchini/pumpkin? Guess we'll see when the first fruit sets!


Yep, I got them locally. The seeds were big (maybe 1/2 inch long) flat and bright pink. I see a lot of them in gardens in my neighborhood, people tie ribbons to the second floor of the house and let the plant grow along them! Pretty cool idea, I wish I had thought of it when my plants were smaller. I'll definitely post the fruits when they appear!


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 23, 2011 5:09 am 
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Muffin-Tuffin wrote:
Lookin' good!
Sorry about your basil...Personally I'd probably toss them and get new plants so nothing else gets infested since you're in a small space, but that's just my preference.
Those zucchini tendrils are so adorable!


Yep, I think basil is usually an annual (or at least grown as an annual) - you sow new plants each year. It looks like it's going to flower - I've read that after it has flowered the leaves don't taste as good.


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 Post subject: Re: aelle's balcony
PostPosted: Fri Jun 24, 2011 12:30 am 
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just pinch off the flowers and let the good times roll...

When you pinch, get some of the stem, too, not just the leaves. I try to keep my basil short and bushy. It's easy, just keep pinching off basil and cooking with it! YUM

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 Post subject: Re: aelle's balcony
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Love it!

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 Post subject: Re: aelle's balcony
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 Post subject: Re: aelle's balcony
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YES Balcony gardens! Beautiful lettuce especially.

I've tried twice to grow zucchini and failed. I have powdery mildew problems.

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