gardening 2011 – part 5 and some other news

I finally managed to get a nearly full balcony shot:

As you can see the zucchini has become enormous but despite fertilizing it once a week the leaves are going yellow. We are still regularly harvesting huge zucchinis though.
The cucumbers and tomatoes (behind the zucchini) are also doing great. We’ve only had one cucumber so far (which was bitter unfortunately) but there is another one or two growing now.

The other side of the balcony isn’t looking quite as lush, because we only just resowed some salad greens in boxes.

The sicilian peppermint is looking (and smelling) great though and the tomatoes have really taken off. I truly didn’t think they would carry so much, we’ll have a much bigger harvest than I expected.

We ate the first ones just today, yum!

Homemade garlic rosemary bread with farmer’s market wild garlic cheese and homegrown tomatoes and basil…it doesn’t get any better than this!

I’m writing this feeling a little bittersweet about it. We only just found out today that we will need to move out of this apartment as soon as possible. We’ve been here for about five years and love this place. Still, it has gotten way too small for the two of us plus the kitties plus a lot of stuff and hobbies and we would have started looking for a new home in winter anyway. But as it happens, a legal battle our landlady has been fighting with the city about some fire safety measures has, after years and years, finally come to a conclusion which is that they need to take this whole place completely apart, walls and all.
So we’re looking out for something new and green and countryish and hopefully lots larger and with maybe a bit of garden to go with it (or at the least a large balcony). I’m not really looking forward to packing up us and all our stuff and all those plants and planning and painting and moving and scaring our cats but move we must and I guess we’ll be happy about it once we’ve found something nice and gotten settled.


6 thoughts on “gardening 2011 – part 5 and some other news

  1. Sherrie

    I am so impressed with all of the garden that your small space is producing! Moving can be so difficult- I hope that you find the perfect place and that the transition goes smoothly.


    1. tidytipsy

      Thanks Sherrie! I know, I didn’t think it would be so much either!
      I am surprised that we need so little as well…at the weekends we are often pressed to think of things to do with all that food, because it’s ripe and needs to be eaten. As we both work full time we don’t eat at home much. But this pressure is perfect, because it makes us eat better and learn how to cook simple but tasty dishes.
      All in all, a full success :))
      This morning I already feel better about moving…I’m a little torn between not wanting to have all that work and being excited to be able to create something new and spacy and nice for us.


  2. Victoria Bennett Beyer

    It has been a while since I checked in, and that garden is looking GREAT! I am sorry you have to go through the hassle of moving, but I hope you find just the kind of place you are looking for. Green and countryish sound wonderful πŸ™‚


    1. tidytipsy

      Thanks Victoria! You would know best what a hassle moving is I guess πŸ˜‰ Hope you’re doing well in your new home! We’ve been having lots of discussions about where we want to move to, so that both our work places are close and friends are close and such and I don’t think there’ll be a perfect solution for all of that, but we’ll see πŸ™‚


  3. Amber

    Such lovely pictures of your beautiful little garden!

    And so much luck to you as you embark upon your search for a new home. I’m hoping something so perfect comes to you, it will all be worth it!



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