spring fever

Spring is here and as always, I am so excited to get out and grow things! We’ve had unnaturally warm and sunny weather in the past few weeks and the balcony is already coming alive – sorry US readers, I’m just telling it how it is. We had the never ending winter last year!
spring balcony gardening. little home by hand blog
spring balcony gardening. little home by hand blog
My seed order has arrived and I’ve started most of them. This year I will be growing tomatoes (a personal variety from a friend of a friend’s garden in Spain), peppers, lots of salads, sugar snap peas, spinach and kale. That’s the plan anyway. The hardy herbs, mints and strawberries are waking up from their winter sleep too.
spring balcony gardening. little home by hand blog
spring balcony gardening. little home by hand blog
New on the list this year are flowers, I will be trying violets, nasturtiums and snapdragons to brighten up our little space. The calendula seeds I mixed in here and there last year have survived the winter and this little guy was the first splash of color to surprise us a week ago.
spring balcony gardening. little home by hand blog
To start seeds I have three ‘classes’ of plants: Some are started indoors and kept inside until the end of May. These are the delicate tomatoes and peppers as well as some flowers. I have set up my DIY light box again, which has served me very well in past years.
There’s also a little poly greenhouse on the balcony (just a shelf with foil cover) which acts as a cold frame where I grow the salads, kale and some flowers. Others such as the peas and spinach can be started our in the open directly.
spring balcony gardening. little home by hand blog
spring balcony gardening. little home by hand blog
There’ll be updates on this little balcony garden frequently throughout the growing season.
What are you growing this year?

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21 thoughts on “spring fever

  1. Lindsay

    Look at all the growing things! This post reminds me that I need to order my seeds ASAP. Can’t wait to plant those little tomato seeds you sent me. 🙂

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    1. Kristina Post author

      Lindsay, those tomato seeds should do great! I am growing them right now and they were the first to come up after less than a week in the soil and they are growing fast and happy 🙂
      I’m so looking forward to reading what you will do with your garden and the chickens this year!

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  2. Michelle

    Autumn has just started in Australia. (I love Autumn!) I’m hoping to grow some vegetables in pots and try a bit of vertical gardening as I don’t have space in my small yard, but it depends on the budget. I’m a TERRIBLE gardener, but I’d like to be able to eat vegetables that actually smell and taste fresh, there’s nothing yummier. (Except chocolate) I’d also like to try, yet again, to grow some lavender. I kill all my lavender plants! There’s a whole mini-lavender heaven because of me, I’m sure.
    Good luck with your gardening!

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    1. Kristina Post author

      Hi Michelle, I’ve never been to Australia but I imagine your autumn must be so beautiful! I’ve seen some great examples of vertical gardening on Pinterest. Homegrown fruit and veg does taste so much better than storebought. Especially tomatoes and strawberries – no comparison! I think I’ve once again killed my lavender too. All the other herbs are fine in the little foil greenhouse in winter, but the lavender always dies 😦 It’s not us, it’s the lavender 😉

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  3. Erika

    I love your balcony garden! I found an assortment of seeds to try a small scale garden this year. I don’t have a balcony but a deck, and I think it would be great to have a small garden on it.

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  4. RosaMaría

    first I love the blog new name!
    sorry I didnt say anything before, but always love to came here and see your beautiful photos…

    I’m very exciting about this planting season, we had such great sucess at the garden last fall and winter, so I’m sure spring will be great too, and on my list the veggys and chiles are on the top!

    xo

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    1. Kristina Post author

      Thanks, RosaMaria 🙂 You are lucky to have such a long growing period, I always adore the photos of your produce!

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  5. Zoe May

    Beautiful photos! I love balcony gardens!
    Calendula is such a great and hardy flower. It always seems to survive, no matter how much I neglect it. And it makes beautiful dye!
    I completely forgot to take any photos of my very first home-grown tomatoes! They were so much more soft and sweet than tomatoes from the store.
    🙂

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    1. Kristina Post author

      Oh, I never tried to dye with calendula! Does it produce orange or yellow or brown?
      Homegrown fruit and veg definitely tastes so much better than storebought. Tomatoes and strawberries especially are so much better!

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  6. Martha

    You have chosen a great selection of plants. I’m very excited about planting since spring has arrived here. I’m planning on planting carrots, cucumbers, radishes and peas for spring. And peppers, corn and tomatoes for the summer. I’m really looking forward to seeing how your plants progress.

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    1. Kristina Post author

      Thanks Martha, I promise I’ll share the progress. Looking forward to hearing how your gardening is going this year 🙂

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  7. Victoria Bennett Beyer

    Kristina,

    I love the new look and feel of this blog! It’s my birthday so I am catching up on my reading :). I’ll head over to your photo blog next. It’s a treat to see all the lovely things you make and especially to see these little plants coming up for you! I can’t wait to enjoy some of that spring weather! We have had a couple of days where it warmed up (though it is bitter today) so I think spring’s arrival is here, if gradual. Take care.

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  8. Stefanie Neumann

    Toll!
    Wir haben jetzt erst alles ausgesät, aber es hat genau so viel Spaß gemacht, wie diese Bilder anzuschauen und Deinen Beitrag zu lesen. 🙂
    Mit dem Ziehen von Tomaten hatte ich nicht so viel Glück (sind zwar gewachsen, hatten aber keinen Ertrag). Jetzt habe ich einen Bioland/ Demeter Pflanzenversand gefunden und dort zwei Pflanzen bestellt.

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    1. Kristina Post author

      Vielleicht warst du zu spät dran mit den Tomaten? Meine haben bisher immer Früchte getragen, ich ziehe aber auch allerspätestens Anfang März vor. Und ich dünge sooft ich daran denke, das mögen sie auch 🙂 Viel Erfolg mit den Tomaten dieses Jahr!

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      1. Stefanie Neumann

        Danke!

        Da müsste ich jetzt scharf nachdenken, wann ich gesäht hatte…
        Vorgezogen hatte ich meine auch – und meine das war ebenfalls Februar oder März… Vielleicht hätte ich doch noch mehr düngen dürfen?

        Naja, mit den bestellten Pflanzen geht dieses Jahr bestimmt alles gut. Mit gekauften Pflanzen hat das bei mir bisher immer geklappt.

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