It’s getting there.
Balcony Garden is taking shape. The peas I’m growing from a box of dried peas I bought in the supermarket are doing well. The tomato plants I’m growing from seed are looking promising for later in the year. Cheated and bought a red pepper plant, a round courgette plant and strawberry plants.
Also some suprises creeping up. There are still some beef tomatoes, coming up from a fallen fruit that fell last year and I didn’t bother to clear away, prefering to let it compost into the dirt. They have become part of my Guerrilla Gardening projecr oot n aboot The Village. Also red lettuce clones are cropping up from a plant I let go to seed a couple of years ago. Yep two years ago and I’m still getting several red lettuce plants from one or two that I planted. Some I’m keeping, the rest also part of the Guerrilla Gardening projet. Coffee filters are ideal for that.
Keeping my fingers crossed for the red pepper and aubergines I’m growing from seed. Trouble is I forgot to label them. Only now I’m starting to see which is which. Also the garlic I’m growing from a couple of leftover cloves are getting there.
Herbs wise, the chives, thyme, sage, parsely and rosemary all survived the winter and are making a fine comeback. Upstairs in the Bedroom Nursery basil and marjoram are doing well and can go outside soon
I should get a few decent dinners out of this.
Got some really good mail today. I’d seen something online a while back about converting a shoe organizer into a vertical garden and mentioned it on facebook.
Guess what came in the post today? A shoe organizer and a few packets of seeds from my mum and dad in Scotland.
I was like a kid at Christmas, quickly found a link to instructions to set one up and set to work straight away.
Just have to do more research in which plants need more water than others so the dryer plants can go to the top and the wetter below, because the top will naturally drain to the bottom.
Looking forward to harvest time. Thanks mum and dad!
This is the link I have loosely based this on.
That’ll give the seedbombs I put out a fighting chance then.
Here’s hoping they do better than last year.
…I may have found a good seedbombing place…
Seedbombs were deployed last night in a variety of locations within The Village. Got a mixture of sweetcorn, peas, tomatoes, peppers and broccoli out there. Also thinking of a cocktail seedbomb. loosley based on the North American Three Sisters form of agriculture. Although this will only be two sisters, and the beans will be replaced by peas…
Not sure if any of the seeds will actually grow to anything, main threats being professional gardeners tidying up plots to rabbits and pidgeons eating the crop, but even if only one seed succeeds then I’m claiming a small victory.
Really hope the sweetcorn outside the bank makes it.
Procrastination and Frustration
Been wanting to write for a long time, but never get round to it. I have enough ideas swimming around in my head for at least four stories, but I just can’t get them on paper or screen. Even the name for this blog and also my twitter profile comes from a lead role from a failed idea.
I know the ideas are in there, it’s just getting them out there. Who knows, it could be my ticket out of my day job, but realisticly it won’t be. But then Dan Brown is making a fair living I guess, and if he can, I can.
Got my bag of seedbombs and heading out for some Guerrilla Gardening.
Guerrilla Gardening is something that has caught my eye recently. I’ve been loosley involved with the Occupy movement in the sharing ideas and information sence, rather than the camps as unfortunatly idealism and the real world clashed. Camping out with Occupy Nijmegen and working in Brabant, coupled with being a father wasn’t going to work so sharing info via twitter and facebook was the best I could offer.
This is where I learned about Guerrilla Gardening. I live in a flat, with a fairly large balcony which is good for growing my own veg on, although sweetcorn didn’t work too well, the rest comes on pretty good.
I usually find myself with excess seedlings as I plant some extra as insurance, which I’m glad I did this year as unseasonable wind and morning frost killed off some tomato plants. Now I don’t want to waste my seedlings and will give away some excess to other gardeners, but I also like to share the love, so to speak, by planting some in unusual places and should they survive and bear fruit then bonus, free pickings for anyone who wants.
Then I saw this youtube clip on facebook Seedbombs, why didn’t I think of this sooner! When I get back to Brabant Iknow exactly what I’ll be doing.