Sunday, 29 August 2010

I'm tired

Saturday, 28 August 2010


Grown in a flowerpot. I haven't tasted them yet.

Monday, 23 August 2010

Harvest Time

Sunday, 15 August 2010

The First Peppers

Here there are finally - the first peppers of this year's balcony season.

There are more to come! One of my plants didn't make it through the heatwave and the others suffered some damages during the big thunderstorm but there are some fine fruits growing! You can't eat them fresher than homegrown and they taste so good!

The tomatoes are ripening too finally. I've got only two plants this time, so I didn't expect them to be as numerous as in the last years but it seems like there will be a lot less to harvest this year. Many blossoms fell off unfertilised as there are so few bees this summer. Mostly bumblebees and hoverflies do the job now. The thunderstorm tore off a lot of the green tomatoes and damaged the plants and there aren't many fruits growing at the moment.

This is mint doing just fine, sporting some lovely blossoms that are very popular among insects.

These are tansy blossoms. There's something about them that I just love and it makes me happy to have them on the balcony.

Sunday, 1 August 2010

Balcony News

The exhausting heat was followed by a massive thunderstorm that played havoc with my plants and got me wet feet inside.

My tallest pepper plant was only half its size afterwards and actually there was no plant undamaged. Most of them recovered amazingly well though, but my tomato and bell pepper harvest will start a little later than expected. I overstrained my wrists cleaning up the mess and had to take a blogging and crafting break.

Pea time is over now. This is the rest of the lot.

I'm just tormenting myself with these pictures. The peas were so good! And they had no maggots and no aphids at all. I read that garlic helps to scare aphids away and so I placed some pots with garlic plants around the pots with the pea plants this year and it worked! (Garlic and peas don't like to be too close to each other, hence the seperate pots.)

Here's my morning glory in full bloom and a picture of how the blossoms look on the evening before. Every morning I'm greeted by so many flowers! The tomato plants are a lot taller by now. Here are some tomato blossoms.

Fruits are forming by now but none of them are ripe yet.