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A Porch Garden Update

We have a small south-facing balcony in our apartment complex, and I have an evolving garden space on the balcony. Some recent pix are available, as well as the pre-sabbatical version before my major rearrangement of the space. We're approximately in zones 15 - 17, coastal, since Sunnyvale is very near the Bay. We water every other day in the summer, and every third to fourth day in the winter, depending on rainfall.

Tomatillos, figs, roma gold tomatoes, green peppers, basil. We also get 1 - 2 strawberries every few days, and have rosemary to clip when we need some. I have a big bundle of dried sage hanging in the kitchen, clipped from the sage plant when I transplanted it. We overwatered it, alas, and it died.

There's a cherry tomato plant flowering now where the tomatillo plant had been. I noticed it self-seeded from the transplant dirt, so I let it keep going and cut down the tomatillo plant after it had finished bearing. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for some cherry tomatoes before it gets too chilly here.

The fig tree is near the end of its fruiting sequence-- only a half-dozen figs still ripening on the tree. Every week since early July I've gotten 4 - 8 full size figs a week, which is great! Putting a pipe into the new container so we can water down into the inside has really done the trick. Mike deserves all the credit, since he kept watering it in the old container two years ago after I thought it had died off! Thanks to him, it lived to come back last spring, and this spring I transplanted it into the new container (a huge Rubbermaid trash can, actually!).

We've gotten a couple of quarts of tomatoes from the Roma bush. Next year I think I'll grow slicing tomatoes, since I can also cook with them whereas the Romas are pretty boring to eat raw. We've made a nice sauce for baking fish from tomatillos and Romas in the blender, and for erev Rosh Hashanah we made a big fresh sauce with the Romas, our basil, and our green peppers. Yum!


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