5 Things That Didn’t Work In 2010
February 21, 2011

Looking back on 2010, there were some things in the garden that didn’t work so well:

1. Guerilla gardening. Remember this? Yes. It got thrown out two weeks later. Anyway: I’ll try some guerilla gardening again this year! I got a primrose gifted last week and I’m looking forward to planting it outside when it’s done blooming and the weather right.

2. Underplanting tomatoes: Epic fail. I underplanted my tomatoes with basil, marigold and begonia and none of them continued to grow. They just stopped. ’till I threw them out, like, 5 months later. I’m not gonna try it again.

3. Leaving dead leaves on the soil. What might work in a garden in the ground in this case doesn’t work for container gardening at all: There are no worms or bugs to decompost dead leaves, so they just stay on top of the soil, keep moisture and hence are perfect for any kind of soil born diseases: mold, fungi, you name it.

4. Keeping the oleander pest-free. Didn’t work this winter – again. Spider mites infested my baby once more and it looks pathetic now.

5. Overwintering herbs outside. Well, now I can tell that most – if not all – of them are dead. I tried to leave them outside because I know that they’ll only get ugly and leggy inside. Although I put them to the window sill (outside) where it’s the warmest, when the temperatures hit -10°C, they must have froven through. Well, it was worth a try.

I’m reviving thig blog – so stay tuned for more!

Guerilla gardening
April 18, 2010

It was time. It was night. 10 p.m. The little primrose had been waiting on my windowsill for weeks to get out. I put it into a black bag, together with a small scoop, a bottle of water and some horn meal in a plastic bag. I wore a black jacket and put the hood on. I went just outside of my building. In the darkness of the night I tried to find the right place for the primrose. I tried it on the back side, where I could see it when I look down from the balcony. But on this side are many balconies and when a guy stepped on his balcony on the first floor to smoke a cigarette, I panicked and went on. Then I found the perfect place: To the left of the entrance. Nobody could spot me, all windows were dark, the other buildings far away. The soil was easy to dig. I made a hole, put some horn meal in it, took the primrose out of its pot and into the hole. I closed it and watered. The whole intervention took about 3 minutes.

On the picture I took the next day you can see the details: I planted the primrose into a rose bed. There are some rose beds in our apartment complex. I think roses can be beautiful, but they need to be very well maintained. Two times a year some cutting and weeding isn’t enough. Plus they bloom about two weeks a year, then the beauty is over. As you can see, the soil is not very good as well, there are many stones. Plus weeds grow into the bed and the edging is falling apart. Weeds on the sidewalk and garbage complete the picture. Enough reasons to do some gardening here. The place is very exposed and basically everybody who walks by can see the primrose. But I wonder how many people actually notice it. I can easily go there to water it at night (not necassary right now, it’s raining). The horn meal should provide fertilizer for the next few month, next year I can easily add new.

Since I did the guerilla gardening on a land that I pay for it’s not really guerilla. I’m not sure about whether it’s really my land or I just pay a kind of fee for it’s maintenance. But anyway, I can as well maintain it myself.

I’m planning to do some more guerilla gardening and will keep you posted.