|The balcony in question.|
I know it seems a little odd to be thinking about my ideas for my container garden when the snow is drifting up onto my balcony. But it’s been in my head more and more these last few days. After all, isn’t it sort of comforting to be dreaming about warm days and fresh veggies during the midst of a major cold snap? The stores are already prepping their shelves for Easter (crazy stores) and our local small nursery has their “Re-opening Soon” sign up.
I love having my little garden out on the deck. I don’t have a lot of room, but I try to do the best with what I have. And after all, what could be more frugal than actually growing your own food? Stepping out on the patio to pick a handful of tomatoes or a few leaves of basil is a lot more efficient than driving to the store. Tastes better, too.
Last year, unfortunately, was a bit of a bust. The weather just never warmed up enough. I only got about three itty-bitty tomatoes off my plant and one poor little pea-pod. The blueberry plant never got going, Elias’s sunflower struggled gamely before ultimately keeling over, and the beans never actually appeared. The herbs hung in there (as herbs are wont to do), and, funnily enough, the strawberries went bonkers. We actually had two seasons of strawberries!
Maybe I’m being optimistic, but I’m hoping for a better season this year. I have all the pots, I have all the soil… I just need the plants. I’d like to try raising more plants from seeds this year. I still have a number of little peat pellets and mini-greenhouses, and seed packets are really inexpensive. I’ve decided this year I’m going for a lettuce or two, Elias has requested spinach (probably let him go for that on his own – would be a great way to work toward his gardening merit badge), definitely doing tomatoes again, the usual herbs (basil, oregano and rosemary)…. What else?
I think I’ll do another hanging basket of strawberries. The kids loved ‘em. Not sure if I want to try blueberries again or not. Knowing the PNW climate and my gardening limitations (second floor balcony, not a lot of direct sunlight), what would you try to grow?