Welcome! (It’s The Fire Escape Garden Tour)

Hi everyone and welcome to May! It recently dawned on me that I have never posted anything like a "virtual tour" of my fire escape balcony, even though it is the main focus of this blog. So better now than never, this post will take care of that mistake! As always, my intent is to …

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Transplanting baby geraniums

The geranium seedlings I've sown a month ago are growing up nicely, so I decided it's time to transplant them. There are a few opposing opinions on when/if to transplant seedlings from sprouting trays to bigger pots. If these were peppers, tomatoes or pretty much anything I've grown so far, I'd keep growing them in …

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Seed starting

Hi there fellow gardening enthusiasts! It's almost February, which means it's time to start some seeds. If you, like me, have limited space under grow lights, planning is key when it comes to starting seeds. I came to conclusion that, at least in Philadelphia, many varieties can be direct-sown, even though traditionally they are started …

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We’ve got a mushroom-bearing tree!

This is a very short post with primarily one intention: to brag! I was so skeptical about the whole project that I didn't even take pictures during setup, so all I have is the result: Here's the story behind this. I don't have a backyard, but my friends do, and in it they have an …

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How to make a container plant winter cozy

This week Philadelphia got its first taste of winter... While this snow won't last, it served as a sort of message from the powers-that-be: Fall is over! Really! Warm days are gone! So in my usual manner, meaning that it was way past due time to do this, I rushed to cover my container plants …

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Preparing for winter: Sweet peppers

I finally got to completing yet another task that was long overdue (in fact, overdue can easily be my word of the season): bringing in the Gypsy sweet pepper from my balcony garden. I've always thought of peppers as annuals, when in fact they are tender perennials that can be easily overwintered sometimes outdoors, but …

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