Balcony Gardening Progress
OK, it’s getting toward the end of June. The weather here in London started really well, but lapsed into English summertime pretty early on (by which I mean it got cold and rainy!). So my balcony gardening came to a standstill and some of the things I hoped would be ready are not really close. But others are coming along nicely!
Today I harvested a few new potatoes. I think I could have taken more, but I only want enough for my own supper, so I didn’t try. And I checked the peas and beans, I think they’ll be ready to pick in a day or so.
I have several chilli varieties growing. One or two have baby chillis showing – while most of the others are flowering. A few good days of sunshine would really help my balcony gardening progress here. My aubergine plants also look very tiny still, but I guess there are a few months left!
I’ve planted three varieties of tomato. Only one looks close to being ready to harvest – the tumbling toms. But that’s fine, I have a few strong gardener’s delight plants and a couple of plum tomato variety growing in big containers, hopefully for later on in July or August. My one failure with tomatoes is the upside down tomato planter, which I don’t think I will use again. It has a tumbling tom planted in it…and although there are a few fruit showing, it really doesn’t look happy. Now, maybe it’s that my Balcony is not particularly sheltered. So any balcony gardening has to be able to withstand quite windy weather. Or maybe I just started too early. But the container plants in troughs and balcony boxes look a LOT healthier.
Next year I think I will probably avoid planting beets too, unless I can find space for a second potato planter. I have already harvested a couple of baby beet, but they’ve taken up a lot of space and they really don’t seem to want to grow. I had a serious panic mid-planting when I discovered that fennel was something which other plants didn’t like. I love the stuff and I’d planted it as a filler in a couple of the big planters. Well, I pulled them up rather than risk the rest of my balcony gardening failing, and now just have a few bulbs growing in deep pots.
So the challenges of balcony gardening continue. I can definately say, there are things I will do differently next year. I want some more of the lovely balcony boxes I bought this year, so that I can grow courgettes and more salad leaves. I also need more large, deep pots. I have a great collection of eco friendly pots for first transplanting, and the propagator works like a dream. I’m wondering about liners for the metal troughs I have, One is currently housing a coir trough the other is full of pots. I THINK I could make plastic liners that would give me nice deep planters so that I could grow more aubergines and perhaps some peppers.