Sunday, 16 May 2010
The problem with balcony gardening, is that I do not have the capacity to sow successionally - I need to wait until my radishes and carrots are completely ready and out of the ground before I can sow anything else in that pot, because there just isn't room.
I'm considering applying for an allotment, but the things that worry me about it are: how much work it will be initially, especially if it's covered in brambles or something. I work full time and weekends are pretty much the only decent amount of time I get to do any housework. My flat is already a mess as it is! How would I balance trying to keep an allotment in order as well? I've also been reading Norfolk Kitchen's blog about some of the trouble she's been having with "allotment politics". Anyway, it's just something to have a think about at the moment, but if anyone's got any tips or advice, it would be most gratefully received!
Back to my balcony garden... I have an infestation! Of dandelion seeds! This time of year, the area I live in turns into a floating sea of dandelion seeds. It looks quite pretty - bits of fluff gracefully floating around... However, they are a menace! They land in my pots and then five minutes later, there's a seedling. And there are millions of them. I have to keep raking the soil (being careful to avoid the plants I actually want) because they are too tiny and too numerous to deal with by hand. On the whole, we are pretty lucky being on a first floor balcony with walls on either side, though: I've never seen a slug up here and we've got very little chance of any ground frost this time of year up here because it's fairly warm and sheltered. Dandelion seeds, however, are my enemy.