With the first day of Spring just around the corner in 3 DAYS, I thought I’d just do a little post on why Spring makes me happy and what I’m doing in my balcony garden this year.
Of course, like most people longer days make for a general increase in happiness which I LOVE, but honestly the last few years, being able to play in the dirt for a few hours getting my garden ready in the spring is definitely a highlight. I enjoy switching from hot tea to iced tea (which I always try and have a jug full of tea in the fridge ready to go) or some cucumber water. Working on my balcony in the sunshine listening to all the happy birds, absolutely relaxing and it also means that lake days are fast approaching.
Now as some of you know, I now work in a school which means I get time off for Spring Break! Hoping to get a few projects completed on my extended time off these next two weeks, but who knows. I have quite a few on the go at a time, as per usual.
Now onto my garden.. With moving into a new apartment last June, I went from a balcony with full sun on the third floor, to a balcony on the ground floor (Hello Squirrels) and minimal sunshine. (Also makes for an almost dungeon feeling place in the winter trying to keep the heat in with thick curtains, so I’m glad that is behind us for a few months).
My balcony is really ideal for leafy greens and low sun plants, but I don’t want to just grow spinach and mesclun mix. With a balcony though, I need to work with plants that are able to grow in containers and pots. I would like to make a planter, but I’m not sure if I’ll get to it fast enough. Haha
So this year, I am going to try Peas and Cucamelons. Both can be easily grown in a pot with something to climb up vetrically. If you don’t know that a cucamelon is, you can find out here.
Tomatoes – I had lots of success on my sunny balcony, so hoping if I place them at the sunnier end of my balcony, they’ll grow alright.
Carrots – the circle kind. Great veggie for beginner growers.
Watermelon Radish – pink inside and white exterior
Leeks, Fennel and Celery
Paddypan Squash – THESE ARE SO GOOD PAN FRIED IN BUTTER AND S&P!!!
Bell Pepper – Haven’t had much luck in the past, but every year is different.
Chamomile – great for keeping away unwanted bugs.
Mint – mine proper died over winter
Rosemary – My only plant still growing from last winter
Cilantro – aka. Coriander. I am a freak who LOVES it. No it doesn’t taste like soap to me haha
Dill – also great for keeping away unwanted bugs.
Do you enjoy gardening? Are you a plant parent? Let me know in the comments below. Make sure to follow me on Instagram to see regular posts of my plant babies.