The Garden Share Collective: Long time no see!

It’s been awhile since I last shared what’s been going on in the garden, and while I could bore you with the reasons why, let’s just see what’s been going on.

This year’s Brisbane summer hasn’t been particularly crippling, but I’ve had to keep up the watering nonetheless – a service I provide every morning before breakfast. Potted plants don’t have the luxury of establishing deep roots and are much more dependent on the gardener for all its nutrients.

My current plant inventory includes:

  • Spring onions
  • Flat leaf parsley
  • Rosemary
  • Basil
  • Mint (not so happy at the moment)
  • A variety of tomatoes that sprung up in various pots after I took out some castings from my worm bin
  • Tatsoi
  • Mizuna
  • Asparagus
  • Passionfruit: 2 varieties
  • Aloe vera
  • Alyssum
  • Petunias (starburst in pink and white)
  • Portaluca (pink, peach, orange and yellow)
  • Marigold (not terribly successful)
  • Calathea (adopted from an exhibitor, possibly a Calathea Exotica)
The Garden Share Collective: February 2015

Calathea

 

The Garden Share Collective: February 2015

Tatsoi and mizuna

 

The Garden Share Collective: February 2015

Freshly harvested greens for dinner

 

I’ve added a number of flowering plants to the balcony garden to try attracting more beneficial insects to our little space (and deter pests naturally). It seems to be working as I haven’t seen as many aphids or been bitten by mosquitoes.

The Garden Share Collective: February 2015

Portaluca

 

The Garden Share Collective: February 2015

Petunias

 

Adding the splashes of colour has also made gardening much more pleasurable, especially as the petunias are prolific bloomers. As long as they are regularly pruned, they seem to be enjoying themselves in their pots. On the other spectrum, the marigolds have been disappointing – after planting at least a dozen seeds, only two have sprung up.

 


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