Balcony and Kitchen Garden Updates, July 2011.
Did some much needed work on the plants in the apartment this past week. The two backyard gardens thrive on benign neglect, since they have access to plenty of sun and rain, but the ones here need a bit more attention to be at their best.
My hanging herb garden, before the monthly harvest/grooming session.
A handful of the old standby, sweet basil.
A new herb this year — Mexican hyssop. I grew this from seed but am finding it amazingly similar to store bought lemon balm.
Store-bought lemon balm. Second year planting this. It supposedly overwinters well, so I’m gonna put it out this year.
Home-seeded peppermint is coming along nicely. Will be overwintering outside as well.
Home-seeded cilantro! Hard to come by at the market, so glad to have some on hand.
I had to give Misu a blade of lemongrass to keep her occupied and out of the way while I was tending the herbs.
All harvested herbs packed and ready for freezer storage.
My hanging herb garden, after the monthly harvest/grooming session. You can see out the window again!
The balcony garden, end of July 2011.
The nasturtiums are going nuts! They should cover the balcony by the end of summer. The yellow flowers are so cheery.
First time planting sweet peas, so not sure if this is normal. They seem sort of slow, though. Too sunny, maybe?
Baby leaf salad basket is starting to see the effects of heat. This lasted for a few good weeks of plucking, though.
Amaryllis bulbs are enjoying the sun! They should have plenty of energy for a winter display of flowers this year.
The baby strawberries are taking their time. I should probably transplant soon, but they are growing so slow that I’m not too worried.
These mini bell pepper seedlings were starting to get gangly from sharing the same pot so long.
So they have all been transplanted into roomier accommodations to be moved to separate gardens.