Balcony garden update: plants, squirrels and a bad batch of vermicompost

As I've wrote in the previous post, the past few weeks have been intense, so even though the balcony garden is right there through the kitchen door, I barely spent any time in there. All I did was make sure my plants survive (by watering them and bribing the squirrels to keep them away) and dutifully …

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Where did all my raspberries go?

This is a story about a mysterious death of the bulk of my fruit-bearing raspberries... It is a short story, as I do not have a good understanding of what happened, but here it is nonetheless. My wild raspberries were doing great in their large containers up until a couple weeks ago. Here is a …

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The potato tower project: an autopsy report

This is a post about a project that failed.... Nevertheless, I believe that gardening is a never-ending learning process, and making mistakes is one of the best ways to learn. So I'm sharing this mistake of mine with everyone so you, too, can learn from it. I posted in spring about testing out the potato …

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Notes from the field: how I fought off the aphids

Hi there, garden enthusiasts! A few weeks ago I discovered that my asian eggplant was infested by aphids, and now I am sharing a simple organic method I used to get rid of these pests. To get rid of the sap-sucking menace, I used this simple recipe for green soap (also known as insecticidal soap): …

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Yet another evil squirrel post: they’re getting smarter!

Greetings fellow garden enthusiasts! I know, I know, just over a week ago I've published a post about how I outsmarted the evil squirrels, and now there's a new post... I even had the nerve to say that they've calmed down somewhat. Guess what - now they've outsmarted me! Lately I've been seeing a lot …

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On co-existing with the evil squirrels

A few weeks ago I posted about a squirrel raid on my balcony... This was the first, but definitely not the last invasion of the furry bandits into my garden, and I spent this time trying out different things to scare them (now I know that it's impossible) or at least keep them away from …

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Attack of the evil squirrels!/Атака коварных белок!

Русский As any Philadelphia dweller, I am well aware that the squirrels are ubiquitous, ever-hungry, fast, and crafty. Although it definitely is frustrating, I have gotten used to them digging everything up and messing the order and lining of the seeds I sow. What I was not ready for, however, is what I discovered this …

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