Gardening Magazine

A Thriving Garden

By Lindsay James @leavelindzalone

The garden was planted this year, albeit a little late, same as it has been the past two years with some minor changes. Things didn’t get planted until early June, whereas last year I had sprouts and seedlings by the first week of April. Despite the late start, things are growing well.

Compared to last year and the year before, the tomatoes are doing great. Actually having proper drainage has seemingly made all the difference in the world. I think thriving would be the appropriate word. Both plants have a combination of bugs and flowers which means fruit will be on its way soon. I am looking forward to bring able to harvest some ripe tomatoes for the very first time in the history of my balcony garden.


Spinach was planted for the first time this year, and I have to say I loved it. The first round is now finished, and I will be planting a second larger batch as soon as I have to ambition to do so – likely this coming weekend. In other leafy greens news, the lettuce was a huge hit in the household. On fact, it’s been eaten. All of it is completely gone. I am going to attempt a second batch in hopes that we have more lettuce before the end of the season. That lettuce made some of the best salads I have ever eaten.

I added a couple of window boxes with flowers to the mix this year. They were planted late along with everything else, but once the flowers bloom, the planters will look pretty amazing. The pansies and black-eyed pennies I chose are going to look great together.


Regardless of being planted late, it’s looking like this may be the most successful year yet. I am looking forward to getting use out of everything for the first year ever.


A panoramic shot of the balcony in its current condition. Loving it.

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A rundown of what was planted this year: green onions, romaine lettuce, butter crunch lettuce, sub arctic plenty tomato, spinach, chives, plain parsley, moss-curled parsley, thyme, basil, sage, oregano, swiss giant pansies and black-eyed pennies.

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