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Balcony Garden Mystery July 8, 2012

I came home after a busy weekend ( babysitting, 6th birthday partying) and found my green house – normally flush against the side brick wall (seen in the back ground)  pulled out and displaced quite some difference.

Interesting – considering I live on the 9th floor.  And the apartment had been locked.

I pondered this for a while as I cleaned up the seedlings and repaired the damage and repositioned the greenhouse.  I also added some other plants and plantings to weight it down.

And it dawned on me.  It is winter in Australia.  There are flocks of cockatoos around and about lurking looking for a fresh green feed.  I initially planted a big pot of chives and shallots and left it in the open on the table on the balcony and the birds ate each and every shoot down to the soil and beyond until the huge pot was barren.

Cockatoos are strong.  Feels right.  Also was heartening to see they couldn’t get IN even though they displaced things.

I have made it harder for them now.

 

Companion Planting Guide June 15, 2012

Companion Planting Guide

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Plant Companions Function Foes
Apple Nasturtium Climbs
tree and repels codling moth.
Asparagus Tomatoes,
Parsley, Basil
Balm Tomatoes Improves
growth and flavour – attracts bees
Basil
Tomatoes helps
repel flies and mosquitoes
Rue
Beans Potatoes
Carrots, Cucumber, cauliflower, summer savoury, most other vegetables
and herbs.
Onions
Garlic Gladiolus
Beetroot Onions,
Lettuce, Cabbage, Silver beet, Kohlrabi
Birch
dead
leaves encourage compost fermentation.
Borage
Tomatoes,
squash and strawberries
Deters
tomato worm, improves growth and flavour and in the strawberry patch will
increase the yield.
Brassica’s
(Cabbage, Cauliflower, Broccoli
Aromatic
plants, sage, dill, camomile,beets, peppermint, rosemary, Beans, Celery,
Onions, Potatoes, dwarf zinnias.
Dill
attracts a wasp to control cabbage moth. Zinnias attract lady bugs to
protect plants.
strawberries,
Tomatoes
Broad
beans
Potatoes,
Peas, Beans
Caraway
helps
breakdown heavy soils.
Carrots Lettuce,
Peas, Leeks, Chives, Onions, Cucumbers, Beans, tomatoes, wormwood, sage,
rosemary
Dill
in flower and being stored with apples
Catnip
repels
fleas, ants and rodents.
Cauliflower Celery
Celery
& Celeriac
Chives,
Leeks, Tomatoes, Dwarf Beans, Brassica’s
Celery
& Celeriac
Chives,
Leeks, Tomatoes, Dwarf Beans
Chamomile
Cabbages
and onions
deters
flies and mosquitoes and gives strength to any plant growing nearby.
Chives
Carrots grown
beneath apple trees will help to prevent apple scab; beneath roses will
keep away aphids and blackspot. Deters aphids on lettuce and peas. Spray
will deter downy and powdery mildew on gooseberries and cucumbers.
Peas,
beans
Citrus Bracken
Fern grape vines
Repels
stink beetles
Comfrey Avocados
and most fruit trees
Garden
edging, compost activator, medicinal, foliage spray, nutrient miner, essential
to all gardens.
Cucumbers Beans,
corn, peas, radish, sunflowers
Potatoes,
aromatic herbs
Dill Brassica’s Dill
attracts predator wasp for cabbage moth.
Elderberry
a
general insecticide, the leaves encourage compost fermentation, the flowers
and berries make lovely wine!
Fennel. (not
F. vulgare or F.officionale) repels flies, fleas and ants
Most
plants dislike it
French
Marigold
Tomatoes
most vegetables.
root
secretions kill nematodes in the soil. Will repel white fly amongst tomatoes.
Fruit
trees
nettles,
garlic, chives, tansy, southernwood and horseradish
Garlic. Roses,
raspberry
helps
keep aphids away from roses and raspberries, repels cabbage butterfly
Peas
and beans
Geranium Strong
aroma – deters insects and encourages bees
Grapes Hyssop,
tansy and sage
Hyssop
Cabbage,
grapes
attracts
cabbage white moth keeping Brassica’s free from infestation.
Radishes
Leek Onion,
celery, carrot
Lettuce tall
flowers, carrots, radish, onion family
Flowers
offer light shade for lettuce
Marigolds Tomatoes,
most vegetables
Kills
couch, nematodes and eel worm
Melon Radish
Mint
Cabbage,
tomatoes
Deters
white cabbage moth, deters ants and fleas (especially spearmint), will
deter clothes moths.
Nasturtium
Radishes,
cabbages, zucchini cucurbits, fruit trees
secrete
a mustard oil, which many insects find attractive and will seek out, particularly
the cabbage white moth. The flowers repel aphids and the cucumber beetle.
The climbing variety grown up apple trees will repel codling moth.
Nettle Beneficial
anywhere, increases aroma and pungency of other herbs
Onion
and garlic
Beets,
summer savoury, tomatoes, lettuce, strawberries, camomile
Parsley Tomato,
asparagus, roses
Deters
rose beetle, improves tomato and asparagus.
Peas Carrots,
turnips, corn, beans, radishes, cucumbers, most vegetables and herbs
Onions,
garlic gladiolas, potatoes
Potato Beans,
cabbage, marigold, horseradish (plant at corners of patch) eggplant, sweet
alyssum.
Alyssum
attracts beneficial wasps and acts as a living ground cover
Pumpkin,
squash, cucumber, sunflower, tomato, raspberry
Pumpkin Corn Potato
Pyrethrum
will
repel bugs if grown around the vegetable garden.
Radish Peas,
nasturtium, lettuce, cucumbers, spinach
Radish
attracts leaf minor away from spinach
Raspberry Most
vegetables
Blackberries,
tomatoes, potato
Rosemary
Cabbage,
beans, carrots, sage
Deters
cabbage moth, bean beetles and carrot fly
Roses Garlic,
chives, parsley, mignonette lettuce.
Rue
(Rutus, not Peganum)
keeps
cats and dogs off garden beds if planted round the borders.
Sage
Rosemary,
cabbage and carrots
Deters
cabbage moth and carrot fly
Cucumbers
Spinach Strawberries
Squash Nasturtium
Corn
Strawberries Bush
bean, spinach, borage, lettuce
Cabbage
Sunflower Cucumbers Potato
Sweet
Corn
Potatoes,
Peas, Beans, cucumbers, pumpkin, squash
Corn
acts as a trellis for beans and beans attract predators of corn pests.
Tansy
Fruit
trees, roses and raspberries
repels
moths, flies and ants. Plant beneath peach trees to repel harmful flying
insects. Tansy leaves assist compost fermentation.
Thyme Here
and there in the garden
Protects
cabbages, improves growth and flavour of vegetables, general insect repellent.
Tomatoes Asparagus,
Parsley, Chives, onion, Broccoli, Sweet Basil, marigold, carrots, parsley.
Kohlrabi,
potato, fennel, cabbage
Turnip Peas,
nasturtium, lettuce, cucumbers
Wormwood
(Artemesia, not Ambrosia)
although
it can inhibit the growth of plants near it, wormwood does repel moths,
flies and fleas and keeps animals off the garden.
Yarrow Near
aromatic herbs and vegetables
Plant
along borders and paths. Enhances essential oil production and flavour
 

28 May – Monday Morning, How does my garden grow?? May 27, 2012

I couldn’t help myself, so over the weekend I collected a few pots and things and transplanted the mignonette Lettuce and the chillis and also set a further batch of seeds to sprouting; chives, strawberries, tomatoes, basil are now in their little mini greenhouses on the sunny kitchen window ledge and I wait to see their progress and growth.   Now I have overcome the hurdle of my first sprouting and have a more realistic expectation on timeframe,  I have realised the benefit of waiting.

There is nothing more organic or satisfying than sprouting and then growing one’s own vegetables.

I suppose I am  now reaching the point where I shall require putting up my mini greenhouse, so this will be next weekend’s way forward.

 

First Planting – and excitement May 14, 2012

Saturday morning bright and early I excitedly went up to the shopping center as soon as the doors opened so I could snaffle a mini greenhouse kit as a treat to myself.   I was successful.  Right now the kit sits still wrapped in it’s cardboard wrapping against the breakfast bar bolstered in place with some potting soil.

Sensibly, I postponed unwrapping and erecting the mini structure until I have completed a space-and-plant plan for the balcony and before that can happen, the current users of the balcony are required to clean up the mess they have sort of left behind them.  No.  I am not talking cockatoos – I am thinking teenagers here.

As you can see from above, I could not help but begin.

In the oblong planters I have planted garlic, curly parsley and jalapenos.  In the eggshells.  I have planted mignonette lettuce.  So I am away, and underway.  I have placed these on the wide bench in the kitchen where they receive maximum morning sunlight.

I shall keep you all informed as I work towards planning and developing my organic Balcony garden.  As I work fulltime the development and growth will be incremental.  And I will learn as I grow.

 

 
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