Farmer Lars

The last couple of years have had sucky summers so I kinda neglected the balcony. When gardeners go missing, nature happens:

I have no idea what’s growing there, but it’s kinda stingey and I certainly didn’t plant it. So it’s a weed of some kind, but not the fun kind.

So I basically ripped out the topmost layers of the soil and plonked a new rose bush down.

This time I’m going to take care of it! For sure! Watering and everything!

Hm… perhaps I should plonk in some seasonal flowers, too… Gotta take care of the bees…

Fauna

The other day I noticed some teensy bugs on the balcony.  I first thought they were ants or something, but looking at them more closely, I guess not?

IMG_5929 They’re so small that it’s difficult to get them in focus…

Kill them with fire?

I’ll buy some more poison tomorrow, I think.

My New Horticulture Blog

The seeds I planted a couple of weeks ago are growing pretty well. Probably because I’ve almost never forgotten to water them. It’s an achievement!

But it’s very windy on my balcony, so I thought it might make sense to shield the plants a bit from the incessant wind. I bought some plexiglas (i.e. plastic) sheets, drilled some holes in them (with a wood drill bit — I was afraid the plexiglas might shatter (it’s quite brittle), but it worked fine), and tied them up with some fishing line:

IMG_5498Looks almost invisible, eh? But they’ll probably grow gross as time passes. We’ll see.

Anyway, I think this is the reason for the windiness:

IMG_5499I’m on the edge of a hill, sort of, so even if there’s the slightest air movement in the hollow down there, I get a blast of wind.

Or something.

My New Horticultural Blog

I decided that I should grow my own food, so I planted some radishes and peas and carrots and stuff.

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I need to start thinning out in a couple of days…

In other horticultural news, everything’s coming up roses:

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After the previous post, a kind reader identified the bugs as aphids, and I went out and got some aphid-killing poisonous poison that I sprayed onto the roses.  All the bugs disappeared within a couple of days, and then the roses started flowering.

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Poison: It Kills

I moved the veggies to the other balcony, though.  I mean, like, poison.