During the hot and dry summer of 2015 my balcony garden had ample time to thrive and throw off fruit. While last year I couldn’t wait to get going and planted the first seeds as soon as February, I was
n’t quite as eager lazy this year and only started playing around in mid-March.
Continue reading Aliciouslife: My balcony garden – 2016 update →
Last summer was unusually long and unusually hot – exactly the way I like it. My plants agreed a 100% and brought an abundance of fruit (that we are still enjoying – my tomato plant looks like it’s going to produce until at least Christmas). Continue reading Aliciouslyvegan: Heavenly tomato sauce →
My balcony garden is coming along beautifully: Everything is growing, blooming and some plants are already bearing fruit. Continue reading Aliciouslife: My balcony garden – blooming, growing →
While I am more than happy in regard to the current temperatures (it actually feels like summer) I will always prefer to spend the hottest days of the year outside the city.
The forecast of mid-30s and thunderstorms was a welcome excuse to visit my parents – with a detour via a strawberry field. Continue reading Aliciouslife: Escaping the heat →
Finally, finally was I able to replant all my precious seedlings into the containers which will serve as their permanent homes all through summer (and hopefully well into autumn). Continue reading Aliciouslife: My Balcony Garden – Getting serious →
Just like I had predicted, I did not exclusively stick to the shopping list I had written down together with Mr A for last Friday’s visit of Raritätenbörse (Rare Plant Fair) and a few extras found their way into my bags, which I now have to stow/ plant somewhere so Mr A doesn’t notice them until their too big to get rid of Continue reading Aliciouslife: My Balcony Garden – The Haul →
Since sowing my first seeds for 2015 on the last day of February, a lot has happened in my little nursery: Some seeds have grown into little plants, some have not. Generally, the tomatoes seem sturdier than the rest and so far have been the most successful, while my chili and capsicum varieties have mostly died. Continue reading Aliciouslife: Balcony garden – How are we coming along? →
When Mr A and I had been searching for a new apartment in 2012, we specifically looked for a place with a balcony, because we wanted to be able to sit outside and I also had this romantic idea of trying my luck with a tomato or basil plant.
Fruit and veg you’ve tended to and grown yourself always taste so much better than what you can buy at the supermarket…or the farmers market…or anywhere. There’s nothing better than sitting in the late afternoon sun, picking a tomato straight from the plant and biting into its warm, juicy flesh. This, if nothing else, is luxury. Continue reading Aliciouslife: My Balcony Garden – First Steps →
As the days are getting longer (3 more minutes of sunshine each day during February!), brighter and finally (!) slightly warmer, my gardener’s hands are itching to start planting things (anything really) again.
Therefore, next weekend I will start the outdoor season by sawing tomato, capsicum and chili seeds – derived from last year’s yield – as well as some spinach into little containers and put these behind the glass wall separating kitchen from balcony. This will guarantee them getting maximum sun (the balcony faces south) while being sheltered from the elements (i.e. inside). Continue reading Aliciouslife: My Balcony Garden – Plans for 2015 →