Veggie garden: wrap up.

Those of you who read this blog somewhat regularly will remember I started a balcony garden earlier this year. But now we’re moving state and it’s kind of hard to take a garden with you, so I thought I’d do a little summary of what’s happened and what I’ve learnt.

My biggest successes were the herbs. I used basil in salad, mint in iced tea, and oregano in pasta sauce.

But how about everything else?

The carrots and radish kind of go together. They grew. I ate them. There weren’t enough to make it feel worthwhile. (That’s the whole crop of carrots in that picture there. See how they’re all different shapes? That’s kind of cool.)

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The buk choy went to seed. They never grew big enough for me to think it was time to eat them. I’m not sure if they needed more sun, more space, or both. A bit disappointing, but it’s kind of nice to have flowers on the balcony!

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The strawberry struggled along as a teeny tiny plant for a long time before eventually dying off.

And, finally, the nasturtiums. I didn’t think they were going to grow at the start. They seemed so weak and sickly. But they seem to be doing okay now, and one of them flowered.

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What have I learnt?

I think I want bigger pots next time, and preferably access to a space with more sunlight. I’m definitely going to get herbs straight away, regardless. As for the veggies? I want to try tomatoes this year and, if I have a bigger space, I’ll definitely grow the others too.

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how does my garden grow?

Creating a balcony garden was one of the items on my “Things To Do This Year” list. And it’s going really well. We’ve used the mint a lot, thanks to its place in a delicious iced tea recipe. The radish all turned out quite tiny but they tasted good, so that’s something. The basil is growing well and I’m hanging out for the day I can start picking it. Oh, and we’ve used the oregano a few times in pasta sauces. But mostly I just like to sit out there with the plants and relax. That’s their real benefit.

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