1st spring season for Pocket Planter in Cyprus – 2015

It’s Spring time and our neighbour’s almond tree has fully blossomed and looks so beautiful! It’s our Pocket Planter project’s first spring and like every year, spring is the ideal season to get involved with gardening. This year we want to grow our own food, so it’s time to start planting!


almondtree

Living on the 2nd floor of a building means we have no available land to use for our food gardening projects, even though nature is trying really hard to convince us otherwise…

grassvsurban

Nice try nature, but this won’t feed a family of four..

naturevsurbannature

Looks cute though..

Having no ground to work on can be a deterrent to many people who are considering food gardening as a hobby, but there are other options out there and we are determined to make the best out of what we have, and what we have available right now is a recycle bin full of tins and plastic containers of varying size, so we just need a couple of plants which would grow well in pots. We picked some strawberries (because who doesn’t love strawberries), some herbs like rosemary and mint that are resilient enough to grow in a container, and lastly some old garlic cloves from the kitchen that started sprouting.

garbage

Today, garbage. Tomorrow, food!

Some potting soil combined with creativity and love turned this mess into this…

balcony home

Bonus bonzai tree recovering from frost.

balconyhome2

A cosy and partially edible corner in our apartment!

Some notes:

  • When you are planting in pots make sure that all of them have holes for good soil aeration and water circulation, otherwise your plants may drown and rot in too much old water. In our case we made holes on old water, soda and yogurt containers with a knife 🙂
  • If you are planting a seedling in a new container, water the soil first and let the water sit. Don’t press the soil too much until after you have planted your seedling in the soil, and water it again a bit more.
  • If your strawberry plant is small but has blossoms already, you can cut its flowers from their stems to encourage growth.
  • Cut off any leaves from your strawberries with stems longer than usual, those are travellers looking to root the strawberry plant elsewhere, you don’t want that because it puts strain on the original plant and the clones are usually a bit weaker. They can be real pests these strawberries sometimes when planted on the ground, but that’s not applicable to our case this time.
  • Lastly, like most plants, strawberries need to be pollinated to produce nice juicy strawberries. Luckily that almond tree provided us with many bees that visited our balcony in the mornings.

Unfortunatelly we had to leave before we got red and delicious strawberries so we gave them away to a gardener friend for plant-sitting, but we doubt there’s going to be many strawberries left to taste when we get back! But, since we love spring and we love gardening as our new passion, we went up north to Lithuania to catch up with a second spring in the same year, which can only mean more strawberries!!

strawberries in pots

I hope you make someone delighted with your great taste soon!

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