When I started this blog over two years ago, I promised myself that I would be true to the title - fiber stuff only. I said that I would never blog off topic. Like other folks I have lots of interests, but this blog is a journal of my fiber and textile projects and explorations.
I admit that I haven't held to this rule strictly. The one that stands out in my mind is a computer rant I went on about a year and a half ago. Mostly, I just enjoy some of my other interests through other blogs. Gardening is one of those things. I commented to Christine on one of her garden posts, that if I had a garden other than my little balcony garden, then I'd have a garden blog. She responded that I should post about my balcony garden anyway. So in a rare burst of random blogging spontaneity, here it is.
I have always been an avid gardener and whenever possible, I've had a large vegetable garden. For two and a half years now, we've been in a "temporary" living situation of a small second story apartment. Our balcony overlooks a parking lot which isn't very scenic. So our first summer here, I decided to attempt an Old World style balcony flower garden. It was both prettier to look at and gave us a sense of privacy, as it somewhat shields the view into the sliding glass doors.
This year however, I decided to branch out a bit.
For the past two summers I have grown morning glories on trellises. This year, when I found some 10¢ packets of pea seeds, I bought them on a whim and planted them instead. I figured that the flowers at least would be pretty.
But the pods with their promise of fresh sweet peas is pretty too!
I also finally found a bush tomato plant. I've looked for one of these every year, but this is the first time I've found one small enough to plant in a pot.
So far we have one tomato and several blossoms. My balcony only gets late afternoon sun, and tomatoes like sun. So I'm not sure how many I'll end up with, but I figured it was worth a try anyway.
Having cats, I also have the obligatory catnip plant. I cut off the stems and leaves right before it blooms, as this is when it's at it's most potent. My kitties have dried organic catnip all year long. This is mostly appreciated by Rascal.
You can see my aloe vera plants here, which live on the balcony during the summer. Also, I try to keep a supply of cat grass growing. This is another kitty favorite, as Catzee demonstrates. Catzee, by the way, is not usually allowed out onto the balcony by herself because she jumps off. If you're interested in some of her adventures (also non-fiber), click here.
So there you have it. A rare post about something other than fiber. Now. Back to business.