Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Gardening

So my gardening project has begun.  I'm ambitious, and have probably bitten off more than I can chew, but I'm in it now, and if I don't want my plants to die, I'd better hop to it!

I started with herbs...  basil, cilantro (coriander), mint, flat leaf and curled leaf parsley.  I then added garlic to the windowsill.  It grows straight up in stalks so it adds a nice visual contrast to the windowsill leaves.

I then decided to get a greenhouse... it gets cold here in North London...!  In it, I put eggplant, tomatoes (both cherry sized and beef steak sized) marigolds, sweet corn, green/red & yellow peppers, spinach, broad beans, and petite pois.  So far, they are growing beautifully!

Next to the greenhouse, I have potatoes, cauliflower, cabbage and leeks growing...  and in their own separate little greenhouses on the ground, I have onions and two kinds of lettuce growing.   I have fleece covers for the entire greenhouse sets, so I'm hoping to keep the worst of the frost off of the plants through the winter.
 Once my seedlings took root and started to green up, I got really ambitious!  Inside my house, I decided to try some fruit trees.  From bottom right to top left, I have growing: Lemons, turmeric, fig, 4 different kinds of grapes, Kaffir Lime tree, chilli peppers, and strawberries.  Check out some of the budding and new fruits of my labour below!







As I write this (a bit late, as I've had this garden going for over a month now), I have my first pest problem.  whitefly - which isn't such a big deal as they mostly appear dead on the windowsill, green mites of some sort, green baby caterpillars and perhaps a slug.  I am researching options to figure out how to get rid of them before they eat my herbs.  Thankfully they are all located only in my windowsill herbs and haven't affected any of my other plants.