Eating off the balcony

You’ll probably be reading a lot about my little balcony garden this year…hope my passion for plants doesn’t bore you to death! My little lettuce garden is recovering nicely from the deluge. Steven’s letting me use his rotary tool for a while, and I got busy and drilled many many drainage holes in the lettuce box. No more drowned bok choy! I had my first harvests last week: a few (like three or four) leaves to add to a store ingredients salad, just to get my taste buds going, and then….mounds of fresh greens on an Omaha steaks hamburger! And I mean fresh….like picked at 4:30 PM and consumed at 4:45 PM. I just rinsed them off, wrapped them in a paper towel and let them chill in the frig to crisp up a few minutes…and voila!



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Apartment gardening

Living in an apartment doesn’t necessarily prevent you from dabbling in gardening.  At least this year, I am going to try some dabbling!  I found these lettuce plants at the West Ames HyVee, got them tucked nicely into a window box and set them out on the balcony.  “I’m a smart horticulturist, I know how to water plants….I don’t need to punch out the drainage holes in my window box…don’t want to have soil leakages, etc” I thought smugly to myself.  Well… day later….April rains proved me wrong.  Did I forget that balconies get rained on?  Duh…Gotta rescue my poor babies from drowning.  I’ll let you know if they survive and make it into salad and sandwiches!