Tuesday, November 08, 2016

Edibles

Singular: Terminus
Plural: Termini

Singular: Lettuce
Plural: Lettuci

No?

Terminuses is ugly, as is lettuces.

We've decided to have a crack at growing vegetables on our balcony. While we can keep a pot of annuals going for a season, and a permanent and very hardy flowering plant, it is not a kind environment to plants. It get sun midsummer until around noon, perhaps 11:00 am this month. It gets very hot in summer with the sun beaming down and heating the surfaces. There is also the cold and buffeting wind blasts after a cool change.

The lettuci were brought as is and they have thrived. We've been plucking away at the five varieties, double planted to make ten. They drink a lot of water and will need daily watering when it is hot.


The other two plants are a cherry tomato variety. They are in a self watering pot that may need filling once a week or less. They have grown and will soon need tying to the frame. I have grown full sized tomatoes before in a pot but it was so long ago, I cannot remember the results. I know I have to pinch the laterals off but I will Google before much longer about tomato in pot growing. 

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    1. John, it is that isn't it?

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  2. Andrew a small garden on the balcony great idea

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    1. Gosia, the salad leaves are, not sure about the tomatoes yet.

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  3. Andrew, That top picture of the salads in the container actually looks very decorative. A shame that you don't get a little more sun, but then they don't like too much sun or they will start to taste bitter.
    I'm actually addicted (daily) to eating Baby Spinach leaves with my main dinner...Chicken or Salmon salad. And with our Winter almost here I've gone off those factory made hot dinners with all their unnatural additives, in favour of Salads.
    They say that Spinach leaves are packed with iron and vitamins. They're also a good cancer fighting food.
    So hooray for salads.

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    1. DeeJohn, that is what first caught our eye and we didn't buy it then, but went back a couple of days later. You dietary plan is admirable but not for me in winter. We never buy supermarket meals but if you pay enough, I believe you can get quite good ones that aren't full of nasties.

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    2. It isn't sun that causes bitterness, but a lack of water.

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  4. You never cease to amaze me.

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    1. Marie, I am pleased to amaze, far preferable to shock.

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  5. Good luck with the garden, nothing beats fresh picked tomatoes well as for lettuce I can take it or leave it.
    Merle.............

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    1. Merle, I hope we get some tomatoes to pick and enjoy. I like salad leaves and lettuce too.

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  6. Home grown tomatoes are bliss. We have planted seven different varieties this year. And rainbow chard to have with them.
    Good luck.

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    1. Wow EC, I am impressed. You obviously know what you are doing.

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  7. Your lettuces look very healthy, and the tomato, nothing like home grown ones.

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    1. Margaret, the photo of the lettuce is a few weeks old now. They have thrived and we have been eating them.

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  8. I can grow a lot of fruit and veg in the back yard, and basically everything has done well. Except for tomatoes. No matter how many tomato plants have been tried, they all withered and died :( Thus if you have been successful with your cherry tomato, I would keep them going!!!

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    1. Hels, I have a vague memory of growing tomatoes and them not being very successful. Fingers crossed.

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  9. Wouldn't last five minutes at our house. I'd pee on 'em!!

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    1. Bad Charlie. I will electrify the tomato frame and that will learn you.

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  10. Those lettuces look delicious and I'll bet they're packed with vitamins. Nothing beats homegrown tomatoes, and if you have bad luck with the full size ones, cherries seem to be easy to grow and very productive!

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    1. Jennifer, the tomato plants are cherry tomatoes, but I still have no faith that they will prosper.

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  11. The lettuces look fabulous, thank goodness you are growing decent edibles and not that awful iceberg lettuce, which is so often tasteless.
    The tomatoes should do well too as long as it doesn't get too windy.

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    1. River, I don't mind iceberg, but it is a bit like eating water. The tomatoes will cop the wind and barely get the minimum of sunshine they require, but nothing ventured......

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  12. Once they flower, water your tomatoes every couple of days for plump fruit. Remove the lower branches too, up to a foot, depending on how big your plant grows. My balcony gets about the same amount of sun as yours, but I've opted for non edibles. Might go a herb pot at some point.

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    1. Fen, self watering pot. You know feet and inches? Ok, good advice. It has taken us fourteen years to get to growing something edible on the balcony.

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    2. Yes, self watering is okay, however it takes time for the water to absorb upwards. It's best still to top up. And yes, feet and inches is in my brain for some reason.

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    3. It is the second self watering pot of the same type we have bought. You fill the reservoir by watering the plant and eventually water will flow out the bottom. You can't actually check the water level though. I litre a week seems to be ok, but it will be more when it is hot.

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  13. Gosh the lettuce look wonderful Andrew, I predict lots of fabulouso salads throughout the summer, tres yum!

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