Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Harvest ugh..Tuesday and Update!

 It's been too long since a post. In my defense, I share a camera with an artist in school. Certainly not a photographer, with this cheap camera, but he does like to photograph his work as he's working on it. On top of that, we spend lots of our "down" time up in Pennsylvania with my in-laws, and my sister, and my last excuse is that the weather is FINALLY nice, and I just wanted to enjoy it!

Weather has been chilly in the mid-40s to 50s, but today we got a hot 80 something!  I'd like a week or two in the 70s, but I'm not complaining.

For harvests, this picture of the lettuce was the only one I could find of what I've harvested. We've had quite a bit of lettuce, and a bunch of basil.  Thursday, I anticipate harvesting all of the spinach in preparation for fresh plants, and the need to free up some of the space for things like squash.

The rest of this post is pretty picture heavy. I just wanted to have an actual document of where things are in the balcony garden right now.
  Topsy Turvy strawberry planter has been hung, and can now rotate to get sunlight.

 This poor planter has been reseeded already, and still nothing will sprout and stick around. Not sure what's going on with it, although tonight when I went out to get these pictures, I had to remove a cigarette butt and ashes from this one. The joys of having 7 floors above us, I suppose.
 My Dwarf Tophat blueberry bush is loading up with blossoms, and today was the first day I saw any leaves starting to open up.

Early Tristar strawberries are starting to recover from some of the awful cold nights we got for a while.

 Look at all of this spinach we'll get to eat! I've got a spinach and artichoke dip recipe I want to use a lot of it for. Many of the leaves are larger than my hand.

 My Fort Laramie strawberry plants in the Topsy Turvy from Henry Fields are looking nice.  I know this isn't the ideal way to grow them, but it at least will hopefully give me a handful of berries.

I made my very first 5 gallon bucket self watering container today.  I don't have all of the necessary tools in our apartment (like a SAW to cut that PVC pipe shorter), but it will work.  I followed Jeff's instructions at Our Engineered Garden for the design.

 My wintersown plants are all making their appearances, and got a day with the lid off. The jalapeno just sprouted this week, but the tomatoes and marigolds have been there for some time. These are all just back ups, but I wanted to attempt the process.
Lastly, just some sweet little lettuce seedlings. It'll be nice to have more in a month or so!


  1. That lettuce looks so good! The only harvest I've had is a handful of chives, but I should be getting lettuce and spinach soon. You certainly have a lot going in those containers. I'm trying some Fort Laramie strawberries in planters this year, but still have my Tristar out in the garden.

    1. You'll have lettuce in no time, filling gallon bags in your refrigerator! As always! I'm looking forward to trying different varieties of strawberries. I had three different in the past, but I couldn't tell you the difference in them. They also never seemed to give me a difference between "June bearing" and "everbearing". I tried to only buy "everbearing" this year, to justify the space. We'll see!

  2. You are a busy person. I should have my hubby try to make me a self watering container! Your spinach looks great to pick and your lettuce is coming right along! Nancy http://cozythymecottage.blogspot.com/

    1. I wouldn't have considered the self watering container if I didn't have to only garden in containers, but it will be nice to have some even moisture levels for some tomatoes this year!