2016 Garden

I spent a lovey morning in the garden (aka balcony) sorting out my plants. everything is growing very well so far this year, including the tomatoes (below). The new addition this year is squash. I have not grown squash before and am trying some dwarf plants meant for containers. They have grown very strongly, very quickly and are… Continue reading 2016 Garden

Spring Planting

Now that spring has sprung, my plants are starting to thrive. This year I’m planting three types of tomatoes: 3 standard size plants in a grow-bag, some miniature/dwarf plants which produce cherry tomatoes and a couple of hanging tomato plants. Underneath the miniature plants I have planted some spreading basil. This is my new variety… Continue reading Spring Planting

Harvest time

The harvest has begun! And we’ve had one wonderful meal of stuffed peppers featuring the cherry tomatoes, basil and hot chilli peppers. It took all the tomatoes ripe at the time and one bought one. It was delicious.  

New Planting

The garden (balcony and windowsill) are back in use again as growing spaces. My old favourites, tomato and basil are back on the menu. I’m growing two types of tomato this year: the Semente that has done so well the past two years and a new one, cherry cascade. The Semente is a good cropper… Continue reading New Planting

Harvest time

We’ve been enjoying our balcony harvest and while it won’t make us self-sufficient, we have had these wonderful meals: Purple pesto The experiment to grow purple basil this year was very successful. Although one thing to keep in mind is that the longer the basil plants grow, the greener they get. It tastes just as… Continue reading Harvest time

Green roof plants

In the absence of a roof to green, but wanting to grow some suitable plants anyway, I got a list of plants from a research participant. These plants were recently put down on a roof in London.The seeds were ordered in the summer from Hedge Nursery. Selfheal (Prunella vulgaris); Cowslip (Primula veris ); Common Knapweed (Centaurea nigra); Vipers Bugloss (Echium vulgare); Bladder Campion (Silene vulgaris The cowslip did not… Continue reading Green roof plants

Green Roof @ Eversheds

I’ve been up on the roof again. This time, back on Evershed’s roof – which is huge: approximately 26,000 square feet. It was looking lush last week with the seed-bombing we did in the spring. They have grown and bloomed at the back of the air conditioning plant. My own seed-bomb contained Birdsfoot trefoil, Lady’s… Continue reading Green Roof @ Eversheds