Monday, 5 September 2011

August in the Balcony Garden

Matt and I had a day off together - we finally had the chance to work on the veggie planter.
Legs - room for storage boxes underneath - for growing mushrooms and storage

Pond liner

With drainage holes   *see note below

Rocks as a base

Soil (store bought potting mix as the compost from the worm farm is not ready yet)
We slept in, had a lazy brunch then got into it. 15 mins and 3 screws later the battery on the drill was flat.
3 hrs charging later and we were going again. By the time we finished it was dark!

*Note: after the success with my seeding pots I had looked into DIY options to make the planter also self watering - most involved specialised equipment (= very expensive) and/or large water reservoir (= weight on the balcony) . That very night after we had finished the day's work, while looking for something else, I stumbled across these instructions:
I may in the future empty the planter and set up this or something similar (shh... don't tell Matt, yet).

The next day I finished cleaning up and did a bit of pottering including a reorganisation of the overall layout. Later that day I was hanging out the washing and thinking, even without plants in the planter, how much nicer it was on the balcony. I could feel the microclimate developing already, when... something caught my attention out of the corner of my eye...

Beneficial bugs (or at least I hope so!)

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