Pests in the Balcony Garden 09

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We had a serious attack of spider mites. They started in the catnip and yarrow and somehow got to the choko and beans. They took the choko down in no time, fortunately it is a hardy plant and it has now grown back to where it was when the spider mites devoured it.

This was my first real run-in with spider mites, which are quite a common especially in container and greenhouse gardeing. I tried neem oil and washing the leaves off, but I think my problem was too advanced by the time I used these measures. I finally found a recipe for a light glue that is sprayed on the back of the leaves and smothers the mites. This has to be done every so often as the eggs will keep hatching. It seems to have finally put a stop to them and my beans are looking a bit better. I also gave them a dandelion tea because I thought it might help add some potassium to the soil and that is another thing beans can easily become deficient in if they are in containers.

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Sprouting Balcony Garden 09

Previous :: Next Once we got some garden beds built and put the beans in they took off. Added a couple of bamboo poles. This end of the balcony gets the best sunlight and if the beans grow vigorously perhaps they will make a curtain for our bedroom window. The coriander, radish, squash, poppy and beans sprouted happily. Part III…

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Planting Balcony Garden 09

Next It was a long cold winter this year and many plants were killed by the ton of snow Vancouver got. Luckily we have a spare room that does quite well as a greenhouse in the spring. I ordered some of my favorite plants from my favorite seed companies, in fact I even became a member of the Hudson Seed…

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Porch Corn 2008 III

Balcony garden bar overlooking Vancouver, BC. Coriander, tomatoes, chilli, calendula, passionflower, nasturtiums, basil, sage, green-beans and corn. This is the first year with the garden in this location, and the corn didn't do very well--not enough dirt for their roots, they did a good job, considering, but I didn't get much corn. Next time I will have to try miniature…

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Porch Corn 2008 II

Balcony garden bar overlooking Vancouver, BC. Coriander, tomatoes, chilli, calendula, passionflower, nasturtiums, basil, sage, green-beans and corn. This is the first year with the garden in this location. I have lot to learn about balcony gardening, so thank god for the Internet.

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Porch Corn 2008 I

Balcony garden bar overlooking Vancouver, BC. Coriander, tomatoes, chilli, calendula, nasturtium, passionflower, basil, sage, green-beans and corn. This is the first year with the garden in this location. I have lot to learn about balcony gardening, so thank god for the Internet.

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