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Balcony Gardening Project Update

My plants did not die on me this time instead they grew healthily and yielded fruits. I planted tomatoes and chili pepper, the easiest to grow and good for beginners. I sowed the seeds sometime in December and you can see here how small and delicate they are. This is how they look like after a few months

I also have a herb planter that contains mint, basil, thyme and rosemary. They all smell divine and I have been snipping off a few leaves and twigs for my cooking.

Here is a good looking proud chili pepper (while typing this, I imagined it wearing a mexican hat and dancing)

A plump red tomato waiting to be picked.

Just after a few more weeks, here is a good tomato harvest, their juicy, crunchy, tasted better than store bought and smells so good too. I am excited to make something out of these homegrown babies.

I have another favorite, my basil plant had lots of leaves and I have used them in salads, pasta recipes and even in fried rice. The basil is the one on the right and the herb planter is on the left. I started the basil from seeds even the ones on the planter, the mint and thyme was from a plant nursery (total cost was 25 dirhams) and the rosemary was from the supermarket which I got for 10 dirhams, the good things is until their alive I am never buying fresh herbs again, I'll just go out in my balcony and snipped off some leaves. Talk about savings here :)

The only thing that I have to take down was the pumpkin plant, it kept on flowering but no success in growing any pumpkin at all, I knew that it needed a bigger planter and more soil which I cannot accommodate in my small balcony.

It is getting hotter by the day and the plant leaves are drying out. The sun in my balcony is only until noon time but still too hot for them. I must start to acclimate them indoors soon.

I am a very happy balcony gardener even I have only a few variety and it is a good start.

Here are a few things I've learned from balcony gardening.

1. Never give up and be patient
2. Learn about your plant type and its needs
3. It is not impossible to grow vegetables in a limited space like in container in the balcony and most especially it is not impossible to grow vegetables in the desert
4. Use natural fertilizer like coffee grounds and pesticides made from chili pepper, garlic, water and a small drop of dish washing liquid
5. Water them regularly and keep the soil moist to avoid fruit end rot.
6. Enjoy, it is a good hobby
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I was about to give up on my balcony gardening after my tomato and green bell pepper plants died but I just love growing plants and seeing something green on our balcony so I gave it another try. In my last post on my other blog Veggies On Air last November 22, 2013, I sowed some basil and pumpkin seeds. I patiently waited for them to grow and I am glad that they reached this point without dying or being eaten by birds and pests. It took time for the basil seed to germinate, I sowed many seeds but only one survived, I am closely paying attention to this baby because I wanted it to mature so I wouldn't have to buy basil from the supermarket anymore.

On the other hand, the pumpkin seed which I just got from a pumpkin I bought is looking very healthy.

And until recently, I got a surprise, it has flowers!

In addition, I again planted some tomatoes and chili peppers

During our last visit to the supermarket, I got a rosemary seedling, I already transferred it to another pot but I don't have a picture of it yet but it's looking very healthy right now. All the plants are looking fine and again fingers crossed, I am hoping to harvest something this time, maybe a tomato or green peppers or better yet a pumpkin.

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