Balcony Gardening: May 2016

Garden plans are fully underway on the balcony here, with a selection of new herbs (dill, basil, parsley) added to the usual residents.  Sophia and I have planted a few salad crops like tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, spring onions and radishes; and vegetables including peas, sweetcorn, leeks, broccoli and cauliflower.  She loves getting out there and getting her hands dirty.

For fruit, I'm having another go at cucamelons after they failed last year, have a selection of new strawberry plants which are flowering well, and the raspberries, currants and gooseberries are coming back with a vengeance.  Some gooseberry twigs we pruned in the early spring and then randomly stuck in to support the clematis have even rooted and started producing flowers and tiny fruit.  I never knew rooting cuttings could be so easy!

We have a few early tomatoes coming on the forced cherry plants, which will mean the girls are happy until the main crop ripens, but otherwise it's a waiting game for the produce.

The floral side of things is far more productive with a vast array of blooms to gaze on, and lots of bees buzzing happily about.  I just hope everything looks as good when we get back from holiday...

To give us a hand in the mini garden we have been sent a selection of products from the new In the Garden with Charlie Dimmock range at Poundland.  Amazing value items, all for just a pound.  Head online or to your local store to see what bargains you can snap up!

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