In addition to my balcony garden, I have a plot in the community garden. It’s not a big space, but I do have a little irrigation system hooked up that auto-waters every morning and evening. This is a huge time saver; I only have to stop by a few times a week to check on things, picking whatever is ready to go. If I’m being honest, I’d like to have the whole garden to myself, but I guess I have to share. Bummer.
Happiness is Fresh Snap Peas
It was a lovely morning, full of sunshine and the musical trills of red-winged blackbirds that live in the soggy marsh near my house. It was going to be a busy day, so I was up early, with a cup of coffee in one hand and a basket for picking in the other. Today was the day I could FINALLY harvest some snap peas. I have been circling the two vine-filled pots on my balcony for weeks, like a hungry vulture. Well, if vultures were vegetarians anyway. I’m certain anyone who follows me on Instagram has long-since grown tired of seeing pictures of pea plants. Unfortunately for all of them, my next post will be about peas…again. Sorry guys!
Growing Food In Small Spaces
This summer marks the third year of my balcony garden. We purchased a two-story condo that sits atop an office 3 years ago. The neighborhood is great – one of those live, work, play communities that have become so popular. However, moving to a more urban environment was an adjustment for me. I grew up in the Midwest, with gardens and critters all around; a theme I carried into my adult life with my family. When moving to Colorado, and with only two teenage boys still at home (we have 4 children), we decided to downsize. What was I to do without a backyard and garden? I decided to try my best with the space I have, and much to my delight, been very successful!