Balcony container vegetable garden in Baltimore city
Friday, March 2, 2012
Post-cleaning and 2012 first seedlings
I really wish I cleaned up the mess from last year's garden at the end of the season. Cleaning is so tedious and exhausting. Pulling out the old plants is messy and difficult. My forearm was all scratched up, the balcony was full of dirt and leaves. I wanted to do a thorough job, but I got tired at the end and called it good after pulling the plants. After sweeping, reshuffling the containers and restringing the wind barrier, the balcony is looking pretty good.
Balcony cleaned and organized
I still need to clean the containers that are in front and back of the house. I will have to wait for another sunny day to work on that. In the meantime, I've been anxiously waiting for the first seedlings to pop out. I must admit that I am pretty impatient, but fortunately on day 4 the pak choi showed its pretty little head. Exciting!
Pak Choi seedlings on Day 4
I have the seedlings set up on the windowsill. Last year when I started the seeds, I did not use any light and I ended up getting very leggy seedlings. So now I am using a desk lamp as a source of light.
Seedlings with desk lamp
Pak choi seedlings up close
I plan to get a heating pad eventually - especially when I start sowing the tomatoes, eggplants, and peppers. On Thursday, I also sowed spinach, kale, and beets directly into 3 and 5 gallon containers. I can't wait to have all these vegetables in my garden!