7/25/14

Flower Preservation Tutorial: delicate Rose buds.


Have Roses in your garden?
Have you thought about preserving some? They are among my favorite flowers. Above a small bunch from my florist that includes delicate pink buds. Those are the ones you can see on the photo above nicely preserved and adorned with glitter {optional}.

Feel like preserving your own? Here is my Flower Preservation Tutorial. Try it and make yourself one like this right after.

Have a great weekend!

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7/23/14

Balcony Gardening: first ripe Cherry Tomato.


What a nice surprise was to spot our first ripe Cherry Tomato! I admit that the unstable Summer weather we have here in Toronto got me worried about the harvest. After seeing this perfectly formed and bright red Cherry Tomato I can't wait for the whole vine to ripen. Hopefully very soon!

Did you see the process from the beginning? We plant them in May, they bloomed in June, and the first tomatoes appeared. I have been cultivating plants indoors and outdoors my whole life. There is a different sense of achievement growing veggies. May be because it is food. Also such an amazing experience that you should try.


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7/18/14

Balcony Gardening: Beef & Cherry tomatoes growing nicely.



Hoping your week is ending well today I want to share a couple of pics of our Beef & Cherry tomatoes. Despite the unstable temperatures we had here in Toronto they have been growing nicely and as you can see they are already changing colours. We hope to enjoy ripe tomatoes early in August.

I am glad that I decided to try with three different kinds of tomato plants. The Salsa variety has grown nicely as well but produced only a few flowers. And as we know, no flowers, no fruits. It is yet to show any tomatoes. Let's see what happens later.

If you are a fan of tomatoes as we are. Take a look at the process of growing them in our balcony here, here and here. It's so easy and fun! We used flower ring supports instead of cages and plastic stakes.

TIPS: lots of sun, keep the soil moistened and fertilize them once a week. I prepare and use this.

Have a great weekend!

Welcome to my blog. I am a certified Instructional Designer & Facilitator. I design, develop and teach courses to adult learners. Contact me at: gabriela.delworth@gmail.com

7/10/14

Plant propagation: making the most of your money.



August is around the corner. I am already planning and organizing my indoor garden with the plants that are on the balcony in mind as well. Most will be coming back inside to grace windowsills during the cold months ahead.

It's a good time to take advantage of Summer sales and stock up on plants right now. It is also a great time to propagate plants and especially the ones you buy. I have been shopping around to incorporate some more air filtering plants to our indoor garden. Having good indoor air quality is very important.

I found a Spider plant basket at my florist at a great price. See it above? It's so easy to care for and it lasts a long, long time. It came with lots of flowers. Made four plants from it. Isn't that great? Try plant propagation and make the most of your money.


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7/9/14

Balcony gardening: Clematis a perennial beautiful vine.


It's been a really nice season so far here in Toronto without heat wave alerts and smog. Plants and trees got a fair amount of rain in the last few days. Today I am sharing one of the beauties we added to our balcony garden: Clematis. The idea was to chose a plant that can be left outside year round. This perennial can last almost forever!

We got two different Clematis plants. Hopefully the other one flowers again and I can share a photo soon. They are growing on a trellis right besides the tomatoes plants.
I discovered this plant many, many years ago while living in a house. At the time I had a nice collection of them in different colours all placed at interesting focal points in garden.

Balcony gardening is very rewarding. You can create a little sanctuary with flowering plants where to relax and harvest fresh produce for your meals.  Here I explain how to cut the cost incorporating plants you already have. I also share my favorite "home brew" fertilizer recipe here.

Back to propagate more of my plants...

Welcome to my blog. I am a certified Instructional Designer & Facilitator. I design, develop and teach courses to adult learners. Contact me at: gabriela.delworth@gmail.com
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