Saturday, 17 March 2012

Balcony Garden

It's been awhile since I posted, life's been busy! From looking for jobs to school work, just finding time to relax and take a breather is hard. Here's my latest project, which I amd quite excited about! I love to garden, growing things makes me happy, and this year will be my first year without a "traditional" garden, you know the one in your backyard. I'll be living in my apartment this year, all summer long, with a job, so that means no going to my parents place to plant my garden. Instead my boyfriend and I have decided to have a balcony garden. It's a first for both of us, but we simply must have a garden! Our balcony faces the west, and gets plenty of sunlight, so hopefully it works! We plan on having window boxes on the railing filled with tomatoes, peppers, lettuce, and flowers. Hanging baskets on the hooks from the walls with cucumbers and strawberries. A shallow plastic tote/storage container sitting on the table with flowers, onions, maybe some carrots and more lettuce. Finally my greenhouse with all of our tropicals will be beside the table. We've already started our lettuce in a hanging basket! With the warm weather we've been having, it's outside and thriving. Here's a picture of them at a week old!

I've also put my bulbs outside. Jeremy's (my bf) mom decided to try growing some bulbs in her greenhouse, and well they didn't do so well, stalks were short and they flowered un evenly, so guess what, free gifts! I have daffodils, hyacinths, and tulips. My two amaryllis' are outside too, now that they have finished flowering.

To top this all off, it wouldn't feel like a real garden without some wildlife, aka birds! So I put up a feeder, and already I have chickadees and a couple of finches visiting! It's quite exciting to see, and my cat's love the enterainment!

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