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Harvest Week 39
October 5, 2010

Thanks for Daphne from Daphne’s Dandelions for hosting Harvest Monday!

As expected, last week was very stressful! But I can provide you with some good news: I now have a 5-hour-job at my university’s writing center (this position is especially for students), plus an additional 3 hours of teaching. The jobs will end by the beginning of February, but I expect for the summer term the job at the writing center again plus another hour of teaching. My boss even promised me the job until the end of my MA degree, but I don’t count on it. But the summer term job is already confirmed. Together with my proofreading jobs this will get me enough money to finish my degree and have a little luxury item here and there – and by luxery I mean plants!!! I have a big plan… more on that in another post!

More good news: My parents bought me a dehydrator! Wooohooo! I use it mainly for drying hot peppers, but threw in some tomatoes and pears as well. I’m not very fond of raw pears, but the dried ones are delicious!

And the last good news: Tomorrow is the vernissage of a students’ exhibition in which I participated. I’ll post some pictures.

And some bad news: I got ill last week and still have a little cold – so not much outdoor time for me. What a pity, because autumn is starting, which means: berries, nuts and fruits. Anyway, this weeks harvest includes a “first”, and some sprouts are missing:

The last first of the season: "Red cheese peppers"

The usual shades of red with some green

I’m impressed with how well the last week picked green tomatoes ripened, and they made the tally increase a lot!

Hot peppers: 443 fruits, 1560 g = 55 oz = 3,4 lbs

Tomatoes: 186 fruits, 3309 g = 116 oz = 7,3 lbs

Sprouts: 107 g = 3,7 oz

About 4,97 kg / 10,9 lbs by now!


Dear weather god
May 18, 2010

The weather really isn’t fun. It’s been messing around for whole may now: It’s cold and getting colder every day, as far as I can tell. Plus since a week we’ve got heavy northern wind which causes terrible headache, at least with me. The plants on the balcony are in a unpleasant situation: Wind bothers them and dries out the soil, at the same time it’s too cold for them to grow or to at least open their buds…I’m worried about my peppers and keep checking on them, they are quite exposed to the wind. But an end is in sight, the wind shall slow down from tomorrow on and temperatures might finally increase again by the weekend! More updates then (hopefully).

Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day
May 16, 2010

My very first Bloom Day and I’m already late – I blame T. Enjoy the photos anyway!

On saturday the weather was quite poor – today as well and tomorrow won’t be any different…for the last two or three weeks the weather was just terrible – cold, stormy, rainy, cloudy. The temperatures dropped to about 10-15°C, but the wind makes it feel even colder…please, let the summer finally begin!

Wordless Wednesday
April 21, 2010

On Wordless Wednesday, I want to present you views from my balcony. E.g. the first hot air balloon this year:

Get the project/blog/balcony/party started!
April 6, 2010

Dear readers,

this is it. My try to get a beautiful, relaxing, yet useful nice mediterranean balcony garden in 2010. To be exact, it’s not a balcony, it’s a loggia, that’s a balcony closed in with walls from 5 sides. That might make the whole thing a little bit more difficult, because except for one advantage (no neighbor can see what you do) to me it has only disadvantages, like less light, a ugly wood railing, a feeling of being closed in etc. I might come back to that.

Anyway, that won’t keep me from growing what I want. I’ll try edibles and ornamentals. The seeds are already started, waiting for the last frost date, which is the 15 may, I’m in a hardiness zone 6 and the balcony faces west. Less than ideal conditions? We’ll see.

As i mentioned, the plan is having a mediterranean or south-american styled balcony, but form follows function, so the fancy looking pots will come when I have money for them. And for I am a student on a budget, plants will have to do the job in the meantime. Plus the balcony garden should be as “green” as possible: organicly grown stuff with organic fertilizers and as much recycled materials as possible. I should mention that I’m in no way a professional and most I know about plants I know from books. So we’ll see how much of it I can apply. Happy gardening!