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plant suggestions for a shady balcony

Posted: 18/04/2014 at 20:43

i love lettuce so thats not so bad i have actually got a list of allotments and numbers from the council. once i move and am settled ill consider putting my name down. im a little worried on time though. not sure i could commit to going down daily.

lavenders ...

Posted: 18/04/2014 at 20:38

Thanks Bob. Im amazed its in in decent nick, its been neglected for a few months.

potatoes ...

Posted: 18/04/2014 at 18:14

Steve, this property is at the Worcestershire/West Midlands border. ive earthed these shoots up now already ..

Is this area ready for planting

Posted: 18/04/2014 at 18:11

Thanks for the kind words Sue! it has been bloody hard work but i always knew that it was worth putting the effort in once and there would be years worth of return. not a bad deal for a few weeks of hard graft i reckon

my only concern is with the soil surface and weed roots. could do with a sieve really.

plant suggestions for a shady balcony

Posted: 18/04/2014 at 16:44


i move into a city centre apartment next month. it has a balcony, which only gets sun til around 11am, then its in the shade. its on the second floor, so quite high up and might get a bit of wind.

I'd prefer to grow something edible, but really anything that will thrive in a container in those conditions will do, will help ease the pain of having lost a garden

suggestions? really open to any ideas, got none in mind or anything specific in mind.

potatoes ...

Posted: 18/04/2014 at 16:38

Thanks for the tip Bob - going out to do it now!

transplanting garlics

Posted: 18/04/2014 at 16:37

Hi Dove

Are the pots big enough though? they're pretty small, only about 3.5 inches deep?

Is this area ready for planting

Posted: 18/04/2014 at 16:08

I've spent the last 4/5 weeks weeding (see what it used to look like here) and clearing this decent sized area of soil, previously unused and with years of weed inhabitants. lots (and i mean .. LOTS) of weed seedling are still germinating, so i am raking it regularly, leaving the roots on the surface to dry to death.

there still remains a lot of old weed root material dug up, and within the top 5/10cm or so of soil, along with a fair few stones/pebbles.

Id like to plant stuff within the area, whenever is best to (not sure if its best to wait now til autumn?), however im not sure when is a good time to plant. ive levelled it best i can, the soil is loamy and very well drained. but do i need to rake all the dead root and stones up, bother mulching it etc?

if it makes any difference - id like to use a large part of it as a herbaceous area. i have some lavenders growing, and would like to stick in some salvias, and a decent variety of bee friendly bits and bobs. I was thinking aubretias at the front to cascade down the wall (i have some seedlings, growing VERY slowly though).

The area is pretty much full sun.

 had to show you this that i dug up from there. i believe this to be a bramble root, check out the size of the thing! looks like an elephant tusk


lavenders ...

Posted: 18/04/2014 at 15:50

I struggle to tell whether lavenders look healthy here i have one I have recovered from my old house:

 it looks ok, i think? but am hoping someone more knowledgable can confirm ... also pruning them, im sure ive read they need pruning in April, but again not sure what this particular one needs. Sadly i don't know the variety either.


transplanting garlics

Posted: 18/04/2014 at 15:46


I have been back at my old house today and found 6 garlics, all pretty much pot-bound and very dry compost. i've given them a water, topped with more compost, however i'm not sure what to do with them now, or even whether they will recover. I'm not sure they look the healthiest and im not sure they like being transplanted. any advice?


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