The vegetables on the balcony – beans and tomatoes – are coming along nicely. The bush beans are starting to flowers. Pretty purply blooms which will become purple beans. And the Sungolds are setting fruit, which is good to see. Have harvested two toms so far and there are lots more to come. Bring on the heat!
With the hot weather last week, the community garden plot sprung into action – and is now growing like crazy.
So I knew I had to thin the beets. Filled up one container quickly. Should have brought 3 more. Ended up just filling up the saddlebag and hoped the greens wouldn’t get jostled around too much on the ride home.
They survived, so ate beet greens salad all week. Nice.
I’m 11 floors up. And do my best to attract pollinators. This little guy not only decided to visit but was planning to move in. With its own food supply. Now the green caterpillar was heavy and still alive, so the wasp was hard not to notice as it struggled to fly and not drop it’s cargo.
This is where it had decided to live. The rubber nubber that prevents that balcony sliding doors from banging into the frame. It has a nice little hidy hole in it. Overnight the wasp had obviously continued to work to build its larder and had deposited another green snack. Cause that’s what was hanging out, attempting to escape, when I moved the sliding door in the morning.
So glad to have insects visiting the balcony garden. Hope not all of them are importing green caterpillars.
It’s been more than a week since I visited the community plot. And it was overdue for a weeding and thinning.
I’m not a big fan of radishes and grow them mainly for their spicy greens. I planted these easy to grow vegetable in the plot this year, planning to harvest young leaves if my timing was right – and radishes if I was slow off the mark.
The chickpeas are looking better. The spotty germination of one of the varieties I planted has evened out.
These young beet greens are at their peak this week, so a container full came home with me.
Nice to be harvesting at last!
Ok, not quite. But half of the toms are out from under the cloches, taking on the wind and weather on the balcony. All three Sungolds (indeterminate) are in bloom, and they are, by the way, the best tiny tomatoes to grow on a balcony. These three are the ones I bought at the local grocery store about a month ago. They were on the carts, outside in the parking lot, bent over in the cold wind. What didn’t kill them certainly made them stronger.
On the other hand, three more Sungolds from the local nursery are still under wraps. A little tall and spindly, but setting fruit already. So I’m keeping them swaddled in plastic for another week or so before their coming out.