Since my “big” “harvest” a few weeks ago, I’ve sort of been neglecting my little balcony garden. We’ve had a lot of rain and really cool temps, so I figured there was probably no more lovin’ this season.
So of course…(some) things thrive.
I had this little surprise to start out with:
Hi, little guy!
I will eat you.
Then, my hyacinth vine is finally blooming!
I’ve decided that THIS is my most favorite color ever. Yes.
And look! I’ve even got a seed pod or two:
I take that as a compliment. Like the plants are saying “Why, yes this is a good place to live. I would recommend it to my children.” 😛
Finally, the snapdragons continue to be really…snapdragon-y.
They really weren’t kidding at the garden center when they said it’s hard to kill these things! Best $4.99 investment ever.
So even though there’s still a bit of life out there, I am considering my First Garden Ever – Gardenpalooza 2010? – to be more or less through. Getting started was the hardest part, and I’ve learned a lot this year – that’s for sure! Next year will almost certainly be easier, and I’ve got a lot of valuable lessons to carry forward. For example:
1)Maybe start a week or two earlier. But not so early that it frosts.
2)No lettuce. Not worth it. Use the pots for tomato plants, instead!
3)Mix some of my awesome fertilizer into the soil before I plant, and then don’t forget to refresh it about once a month or so.
4)Bell peppers: 2 peppers from 6 plants? Not exactly stellar. But so cute and yummy I can’t resist – will redo next year! (though with hopefully better results) 🙂
5)Plant snapdragons in the railing planter and save the sitting-on-the-ground pots for other stuff.
6)Snip off basil heads before they get huge.
7)Maybe try a topsy-turvy?
8)Oh, and some hot peppers. Yes.
Now I’m really psyched for Gardenpalooza 2011! 🙂 Any other recommendations?