urban garden

Balcony Bounty And A Veggie Stir-Fry

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Fresh from the balcony

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 Greens and Peaceful Mornings

Growing Greens and Peaceful Mornings

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I got up early this morning, and even at 6 am, it was already heating up – its supposed to be nearly 90 today.  I made a quick cup of coffee (a serious morning necessity) and headed out to my plot in the community garden to see what I could find.  It’s only a 3 minute bike ride down there, and so fresh and peaceful that early.  The birds are cheerfully singing from their high branches and the little brown rabbits are nosing about in the overgrown weeds on the sides of the road.  No one else is out yet and I pretend the entire garden is mine, if only for a few minutes.

Create A Beautiful Balcony Garden

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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!