UFO Friday: Balcony Garden Edition

UFO Friday is my (usually) bi-weekly series where I show you what projects I’ve been working on (UFO standing for UnFinished Objects). For more of these, look here and for every other week’s feature, Finished Things Saturday, look here.

During the last weeks I’ve brought home at least two plants from work each Thursday. I desperately want to get them out of their seedling soil (it has fewer nutrients than usual soil to get the plants to grow faster) but I’m horribly short on pots. I found two lovely little milk jugs at the thrift store a few days ago, though, for the stuff that doesn’t need as much space (yet…).

The good thing about farmer’s pottery like this is that it can easily be drilled for draining with an old knife – I have a particularly battered one for these kinds of things.

106_5218I’m still not sure how far I’ll go in terms of decoration but I’ve always enjoyed little treasures in my potted plants. I usually carry shell-shaped glass nuggets like the one in my Thyme with me to leave them in sunny spots that I think might need them but they make a lovely addition to my herb pots, too.

106_5215My Mum sent me a sachet of edible flowers in the post. They seem to like it on my balcony as they are growing bigger by the minute (that’s not even an exaggeration)!

106_5214And last but not least a peek at what I planted into the pot from the first picture: an Allium lusitanicum! It’s commonly called Portuguese or mountain onion although the taste ventures more into garlicky realms. I can’t wait to try it, especially because the flowers are edible, too!

106_5219I’m a bit worried about the cherry tomato I brought home, it’s in desperate need for a bigger pot and decent soil but I couldn’t find the right thing for it yet – maybe I’ll find something tomorrow.

Have you been planting (that’s those of you in the Northern hemisphere) this spring (and if you’re in the Southern, how did your harvest go)?

Have a lovely weekend!


6 thoughts on “UFO Friday: Balcony Garden Edition

  1. I’m afraid I’m terrible with growing food and herbs so far. I did plant a tree a few weeks ago, which was very satisfying. In Australia we have a double growing season, so we can plant certain things in Autumn as well as Spring. I’m inspired by your post to to try growing some garlic!

    1. Oh, good luck with garlic! You can use the greens, too, so you don’t have to wait for the new bulb to form but can instead plan an old one that has sprouted.

  2. Wegen Wortfindungsstörungen auf Deutsch: Ich nutze für Tomaten Farbeimer aus dem Baumarkt, die großen. Es gibt die da leer für einen Euro zu kaufen und die Größe ist super für Tomaten. Man kann ja noch mit Klebefolie dekorieren, mit nem heißen Gegenstand (Nadel oder so) Löcher zum Ablaufen unten rein, auf den Deckel draufstellen, damits nicht alles ausläuft, fertig.
    Viel Erfolg!

    1. Das ist eine gute Idee, danke! Ich glaube, ich hab inzwischen was, aber ich behalte das auf jeden Fall mal im Hinterkopf!

  3. Oh I am planting a lot of things in my garden and it is also growing by the minute. I do not know the name of all of them in English but squash and calendula and some Runner beans are among them. The Runner beans have grown like 15 centimeters in five days (it is five days since i planted the seeds/Phaseolus coccineus. Tomatoes and different herbs are well on their way. Lovley to read about your gardening./Molly

    1. Oh, that sounds lovely! I’m eager to get some sweet peas growing soon, too, and I love hearing about your gardening as well!

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