Balcony

Cat balcony open for business!

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It’s taken a while but we got there…

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The cat friendly balcony

Cat balcony open for business!

-Safety net
-Cat plants
-All dusted and all safe
-Just need a cat….But where is she?… Snoozing on the sofa

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Snoozing cat

I then realised we are basically living in a cat prison! From what we know she has always been a house cat, so it will be interesting to see what she makes of it.

Few months on

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So here we are a few months on.

We are still being attacked by the evil white fly. But they seem a bit more under control.

I keep attacking them with soap spray which works a bit; but I am not to keen to attack spray my veggies.

My tomatoes have turned out rather interestingly; as you can see have no signs of fruit…I remain hopeful!!! To the bitter end (perhaps)!

It seems they much prefer the basket than the trough planter; I think this may be to do with sunshine!

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Toms in basket
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Toms in trough

Update

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Here is a little update on progress;

Good news the toms is progressing…slowly

Bad new the potato plan died; in the heat I think I may have over watered him! I didn’t expect a lot but was pleased to at least see these 3 (if you can call them 3) potatoes!

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3 potatoes-time to go carb free?

Attack of the white fly

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As I said in my previous blog, I had a little potting session.

All seemed a good idea untill I realised I NEED MORE SPACE! Anyway the 3 sad toms have now been rehomes into a trough pot and given a  healthy glug of veg feed!

My last Sunflower was re potted and rehomed to a more sheltered area…fingerscrossed! in my repotting I found a cheeky seed cling on; im hoping he’s a late sunflower too!

I’m going have to remember to not over water; as i think im getting a bit slap happy.

I also noticed my chives had an attack of white fly; so I thought I would try a soap spray first…all seems ok so far.

Its starting to look like a mini jungle!

Spring has sprung!

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So all the plants are still with us just about:
Sunflowers only one left now and I think he is on his way out from wind damage…
Tomatoes; all happy growing away. Due a pot up
Chard-doing really strong but small
Spring onions and spinach; looking a bit sad, will work on these!

Potato is growing too well!

All other plants are bumbling along; the twisted willow even has leaves!

All in all doing well, but this weekend will be a re-pot for many.

Progress

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Last night I noticed the spinach is just coming through. I also noticed that not only do we get a squirrel visitor; but today we also had a little raven sitting on the hanging baskets. For a few weeks I put a feeder out; But discovered the bird seed went all over! Bit worried he might turn veggie and eat my baby toms!

I also saw.some bright lights chard; its amazing, looks like northern lights but in veg form!  

Work in progress

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Whilst trying to grow food and the odd flower we are also trying to make the balcony a more usable place.
So far that’s some shelves; and we plan to extend the sill out to give some extra surfaces. We have also added a mirror to reflect the lovely park! We have also bought a twisted willow- but he may need to be re homed in time.

Realising out ambitiousness we have also applied for an alotment; we are lucky enough to be 5 mins walk from two small sites: and the waiting list is about a year. So not too long.