8/3/14

Balcony grown tomatoes: picking Beef & Cherry beauties.



The harvesting process began. We officially have balcony grown tomatoes! These beauties are from the Cherry and Beef Tomato vines. I have to say that it has been wonderful having the chance to eat fresh tomatoes right at home from our own balcony garden.

The Cherry tomatoes are so sweet that you really want to eat them all at once! The Beef tomatoes...I know that you are probably wondering and thinking that they are not exactly "beef size". Well, they are not...and honestly, a relief to me as I was a little worried about the size the tomato vine would grow into...They are delicious though. This could be the result of the unstable weather and cool Summer we have had here in Toronto this year. Could that be right?

August is here already. Let's see how many more tomatoes we get before the Fall. Growing tomatoes in a balcony has been such an amazing experience...and of course a huge sense of achievement. I would personally do it all over again next season. But would not get a Salsa tomatoes vine...because it did not produce any tomatoes...so far. Want to see the whole process? It all started here back in May, then flowers appeared in June and then the first small tomatoes and big tomatoes.

Love balcony gardening in the city!


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7/28/14

Balcony gardening: Cherry tomatoes as they ripen.


Despite the unstable weather pattern here in Toronto, our balcony garden keeps growing nicely. Today I wanted to share a photo of the Cherry Tomato vine fruits as they ripen. Aren't they pretty? We have a rainy week ahead...I heard someone say that when this happens they ripe even faster. Let's see if this is actually true or just a myth.



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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!

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