The Garden Share Collective: Seeds

Growing a balcony garden can be a challenge. Anything you grow has to do well in pots, and the position of your balcony will determine the amount of sunshine (and gusty winds) your plants will have to tolerate. I quite enjoy the challenge and every mistake I’ve made has been a learning experience.

The Garden Share Collective: Seeds

When it comes to seeds vs seedlings, I frankly prefer seedlings. While you’d get more seeds for your money, impatience to get my hands dirty and see something green in an empty pot taunts me. I also don’t have a great track record for germinating seeds and nurturing the resulting seedlings into adulthood.

Since space is such a premium for us, I tend to choose plants that we can eat as well. I haven’t had much success with climbing beans or the sugar snap peas, but salad greens such as lettuce, mizuna, beetroot and tatsoi have been regular growing staples. I absolutely adore Digger‘s baby leaf gourmet mix – even after almost two years, the germination rate from that packet is still amazing.

The Garden Share Collective: Seeds

This year, I am trying to add a bit more colour to the balcony by growing some flowers. I picked up this packet of Californian Poppy seeds from Bunnings recently, so hopefully we’ll see some gorgeous blooms by the end of the year. If you’ve grown these, I’d love to hear from you about how they went and what conditions you had them in.

In the meantime, my nasturtiums are still seeing lots of action. I’ve refrained from picking the blossoms for eating and collected some seeds to dry and save for future plantings – just in case my current batch die on me. Otherwise, I might have pickled them for nasturtium capers.

The Garden Share Collective: Seeds

These seeds are from my bright yellow and orange bloom nasturtiums. I would love to get my hands on other varieties, such as a pale peach coloured nasturtium I once saw in someone else’s garden and haven’t seen again since.

I’ve discovered that alyssums are also prolific seeders. Since first planting them 2 years ago, I haven’t been able to get rid of them from the pots. Fresh seedlings always pop up whenever I try to remove mature plants, so rather than fight it, I’ve dedicated one trough to the very common white alyssum and a hanging pot to a purple alyssum. They’ve been allowed to go to seed and have now carpeted their containers with plush blooms that scream abundance.

The Garden Share Collective: Seeds

The Garden Share Collective: Seeds

The Garden Share Collective: Seeds

With spring well and truly here, there will be plenty of new plantings and seedlings to look forward to.

 


A monthly link-up about growing your own vegetables. Hosted by Lizzie from Strayed from the Table, Kate from Rosehips & Rhubarb and Krystie from A Fresh Legacy.  To find out more about joining in the fun click here.

The next GSC Link-Up will be on Monday 27th October 2015 and about Design.

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