Obtaining a yield

The lettuce seeds are sprouting

Last week, while I was planting out my potted herb garden, I also cleared out the planter box.

The planter box needing a tidyThe beans are growing nicely, but some tomato seedlings, which had popped up from seeds in the worm castings, where flopping all over the place. The spot isn’t sunny enough for tomatoes, so I pulled them all out.

The planter box ready for seedsThen I added a bit more goodness and microbial action to the soil by burying some Bokashi compost right at the bottom and well away from the bean plants. Bokashi compost is acidic, however once it is buried for seven to 10 days it neutralises as it breaks down.

Seed packetsThen it was time to plant some seeds. I chose seeds that can handle the part shade of our south-west facing balcony – rocket, mixed lettuce, perpetual spinach and coriander. The Johnny Jump Ups will hopefully add a bit of colour and fun for the girls.

Lettuce seedlingsAnd a week later, the lettuce is sprouting.

Obtaining a yield

Herbs in pots

Two bags of potting mix (lugged up three flights of stairs)…

Eight types of herbs…

One balcony herb garden.

This morning it was time to get the balcony herb garden going. The plants and potting mix were bought and the pots had been empty for a long time. It was past time to replant.

Let’s meet the new additions…

Sage, basil and thyme

Chives and curly leaf parsley

Mint (on it’s own because mint doesn’t play nice with other plants)

Flat leaf parsley and oregano.

It was good to add some new friends to the balcony garden.

Obtaining a yield

A start on the balcony garden

The balcony garden has been pretty neglected since we moved back to the apartment six months ago.

Aldi planter box

When I saw this planter box advertised by Aldi, I knew it would be just the thing for the end of the balcony. It provides a decent amount of growing space and is raised, allowing a little storage underneath.

The girls and I filled it with potting mix and lots of worm castings from the balcony worm farm.

We planted some seeds that I had in the cupboard – beans, rocket and cress. So far, the only thing sprouting are some pumpkin seeds that must have been in the worm castings!