29 November 2009

the good, the bad and the ugly

As previously mentioned, 6 weeks of neglect has had a mixed effect on the balcony garden over here at elevated agriculture.

The herbs are a little bedraged, with the chives and basil done for and the mint in need of a trim ( or possibly total removal...but more of that another day).The tomato plant which at first looks fit and healthy has been a little wind beaten and some of the fruit had turned.It does still have lots of little flowers coming through, so a bit of a trim, some aeration of the soil a little organic feed and it should perk up.The lettuce and spinach seem to have benefitted the most from being left alone, but given the small crop of spinach (wilting away behind the lettuce) we have ended up with, I might give this whole planter over to salad.

Last but not least are the pepper plants, the smallest of the romital hot chilli plants is incredibly wind beaten, but the larger plant at the back along with the kuros sweets have some very promising looking peppers haning from them.

Must dash, it appears to have stopped raining sideways and those plants need sorting.

25 November 2009

Agriculturist and [most] plants alive and well

Contrary to several reports in the red tops, Mrs. M has not in fact shoved both myself and the contents of the balcony off the edge.

I have been in varying levels, very busy, very lazy and very on holiday; a heady mix of being both busy and lazy, but somewhere nice a warm.

And the result of this neglect?

Well, the chives and basil are dead, but everything else seems to be doing better than when I'm actually paying attention to it. The tomato plant (weird, weird, weird fruit) is still managing to produce flowers despite the cold and wind.

This weekend I shall venture out onto the windblown galvanised allotment, have a tidy up and take some snaps of current progress, I would go now, but I'm busy lazing in my armchair drinking wine.

For now here's a holiday snap to keep those that prefer pictures to words happy. And yes, I am the flame of scrooges candle.