Garden Update!

It has been a while since I wrote anything here! Well, I guess it was something that I could have foreseen: I am now done with my bachelor’s!!! The last few weeks have been quite busy between work and school and just plain life! I am so happy to be done! I still have to give in my last paper, but really, no more work for at least … a few months!

Yes, indeed, a dew months because I have enrolled in a long distance certificate in horticulture! I am really excited. I know it might sound weird to learn about plants in a long distance course, but I thought it would be the best way for me to start my teaching career while still learning about a topic I am really interested in. The truth is I cannot wait to start!

Our balcony garden has been really growing! We are completely attacked by our tomato plants! They have grown so much we had to invest in a few smart pots to keep them happy. It is very exciting to see the little tomatoes grow. I cannot wait to see them ripen and to taste them!

Aren't beauties gorgeous?

Aren’t beauties gorgeous?

Our calendulas are in their second full bloom, and we have been enjoying a few flowers in our salads. As to our kale, I had to move it to a shadier spot because it was starting to be overwhelmed by direct sunlight.

This will be a white eggplant variety. I hope the other flowers also turn to fruit!

This will be a white eggplant variety. I hope the other flowers also turn to fruit!

We are also checking on our pepper and eggplant plants as they are also working on their fruits. It is so exciting!

 

A different cultivar I wanted to try this year! It makes me think of Aladin's shoes!

A different cultivar I wanted to try this year! It makes me think of Aladin’s shoes!

As to the mushrooms we had out first harvest of oyster mushroom yesterday! These little guys took a while to come out, but once out, they grew so fast! In four days they were big enough to harvest! They were really tasty too. I hope we will get another, and maybe bigger, harvest because these mushrooms were really tasty!

Look how cute they are!

Look how cute they are!

Our first Harvest!

Our first Harvest!

As you can see, our balcony garden has kept us quite busy between frequent watering, tutoring and happy enjoyment. We are so excited to go observe it every morning: we are like little kids on Christmas morning. I’ll keep you updated when the first fruits start to ripen!

Our happy garden!

Our happy garden!

Happy Gardening!

Balcony Garden Update!

Hello!

What a week! While I was busy with work and school projects, my little plants have been busy growing and becoming quite charming.

Growing!

Growing!

A few weeks back, there was the Great Gardening Week-End at the Montreal’s Botanical Garden. As I work there for the summer, I was really excited. This event is really nice if you enjoy plants and gardening: different horticulturist share their knowledge and growers come to sell their plants/seeds. It is a lot of fun to see all the variety that is available and to meet passionate people.

Last year, I had spotted Violon et Champignon, which is a small company specialized in mushrooms. I really wanted to try it out, but I was a bit suspicious and afraid that it would be an epic fail. So I let it go for a year. However, during the winter, I thought back on those planters and decided that I would try them out. The week-end finally came and I went straight to that stand and bought a smart-pot filled with mycelium for oyster mushrooms! We are so excited!

 

Cat enjoying the plants and sun.

Cat enjoying the plants and sun.

 

Here is how it works: the pot is made with geo-textile and comes filled with about 10 cm high of straw mixed with mycelium. You bring that home (on a very busy and warm afternoon in the subway if you are me…) and fill it in with soil onto which you put plants! The plants help you keep track of the humidity of the whole thing as you want it to be fairly humid but not drowned. You have to keep the pot in a fresh and not to sunny place to help with the humidity. I had to create a micro-climate by putting some pots all around it so that it stayed fresh.

 

We planted a mix of herbs and herbal teas to have a dense foliage to help with the humidity level. So far, so good.

We planted a mix of herbs and herbal teas to have a dense foliage to help with the humidity level. So far, so good.

 

We are so excited to see what comes out of this puppy! How exciting!

We also harvested some kale, fresh herbs and herbal teas. Our beans are also growing; some beets and carrots are also peeking out. Besides that, out mints and tomato plants are going crazy. It is so much fun to wake up each morning and to go see what changed! I feel like the kids I’m teaching…

 

Difficult to take an accurate picture of our balcony... there's always a part missing!

Difficult to take an accurate picture of our balcony… there’s always a part missing!

 

Right now, I am investigating micro-greens because I would love to continue to grow things during the winter besides our interior plants. Any tips?

 

Magic beans!

Magic beans!

Balcony garden

Yesterday was me and my boyfriend’s birthdays! Exciting!

Marche_Jean-Talon_13After a long day at work, I wanted to go buy some ice cream because summer has finally caught up with Montreal! From 11C to almost 30C in a week, spring has come and gone. One of the best ice cream places in Montreal is situated in the Marché Jean-Talon: the Havre aux Glaces.

Once I got to this outdoor market, I found myself surrounded with flowers, fruits, noises, smells, colors and people from all countries and ages. I had forgotten how much I liked strolling between the stands and looking for more plants to put on our balcony.

I am so happy with how it is turning out! We found two types of eggplants, a sunflower, kale, and fine herbs. We also installed our tomatoes and calendulas out. Now all we need it some sun, water and patience. I can’t wait for all those little plants to grow! 🙂

I really enjoyed going to the market as it proved to be the perfect place to find the last plants we needed up here.

Our balcony garden is turning out great! :)

Our balcony garden is turning out great! 🙂

So next time you get yourself in a market, take the time to steal a few smells by softly rubbing your fingers on fine herbs, soak your eyes in colours and listen to lively people’s friendly arguments. You might find some new happy plants to keep you company!