It didn't take long for the Courgettes to start growing, once sown. Within a week two of these were popping out of the propagator soil, I have one Courgette 'Tondo di Piacenza' which is a round variety and one Courgette 'All Green Bush', which is a normal long variety.…
Added by TheLittleBalcony on July 3, 2012 at 10:13 — No Comments
I must say, Carrots were one of the first vegetables I began growing myself. Why? Well mainly due to the fact that I use a lot of carrots in my cooking. It seemed like a sensible choice and in fact, was a sensible choice.
That’s one thing you have to learn about when growing your own, ensuring you grow ingredients that you are actually going to use. It’s wonderful growing quirky interesting vegetables, but are you really going to use your supply of Romenesco Broccoli or…Continue
Over the recent snowy weekend, I started to sow my first batch of seeds of the year, which I always start at this time of the year (mid February). Having already sorted through all the seeds I've managed to collect, earlier in the month, I then got to prepping for this years vegetable sowing.…
Added by TheLittleBalcony on February 17, 2012 at 14:23 — No Comments
In a bid to save on buying seeds or new plants, this year I've tried to save some seeds from a few plants I've grown. I've specifically planned to save those from my different Chili varieties and Pepper (Sweet) plants:
Thai Dragon Chili Seeds
Pepper (sweet) Seeds
Saving these was very easy, for the Pepper (Sweet) when going to cooking these; I saved as many seeds as possible from inside the Pepper, placed them in a small open…
One of my first planned jobs for the 2012 balcony garden, which I've been doing over the last two weeks, has been to create a list of all the seeds I've been collecting. These have either been bought or have come free in garden magazines.
I've collated them all into a handy excel growing chart (this does look better in excel), along with the last year of sowing, best sowing and planning out months and when to harvest, see chart below:…
As my seed collection has been growing and growing over the last year, I've been keeping these in a small plastic box along with other useful garden impliments, such as string, veg labels etc. So I've been considering buying a new seed box, now I did add this to my Christmas list, but it didn't seem to make it under the tree.
Since then I've had a quick scout around on a few of my favorite gardening sites and they all seemed a little steap in price, even in the sales. But…
As regular readers of The Little Balcony will know, I started documenting the coming and goings of balcony growing life through my blog, in early June of last year. Our new London flat's balcony was a great little experiment to try and see what could and could not grow, having only ever had a very tiny balcony before this one, I through myself into this and six months on, I have learned so much more than I ever through I would.
The New Year is now upon us and this year I want to…
Added by TheLittleBalcony on January 18, 2012 at 16:26 — No Comments
Normally I'd grow my Peppers indoors on a sunny windowsill, along with the Chilies, but they don't seem to really produce a lot of Peppers, so this year I decided to plant them outdoors. As like most things these plants started life as seeds. They were planted in the propagator in early February like all the others and left to germinate.