One of my absolute hight lights of spring is seeing everything turning green again, bulbs emerging from the ground and all the trees stating to bloom. Isn’t it wonderful? It feels like a miracle each year.
As you might remember, my window sill in the kitchen is full of herbs. We even have a small herb garden at the summer house. I love growing things and I need plants and green things around me. This year I’ve decided to take it to the next level! I usually buy my herbs as ready-made plants in the supermarket and re-pot them when I get home and keep them growing in the kitchen. Not this year! No this year I planted some myself starting with only seeds. And to kick it up a notch, I’ve decided to grow my own tomato plants too.
It’s been four weeks since I planted my seeds. Chili, tomatoes and basil to be exact. I’ve been watching over them, watering them and encouraging them with lots of light, water, the occasional pep talk and a touch of fertiliser. It’s funny to see how differently the three plants grow. The basil was the first to sprout and are now looking like tiny little plants. The chili is just beginning to sprout, and I’m still waiting on the tomatoes.
If you ask my friends and family they will tell you that I have a green thumb. I’m not sure I agree. It’s probably more luck than skill, but my plants do seems to stay alive and thrive – some for years and years. Hand on my heart I have killed a plant or two in my time, so I’m far from perfect. But I’ve always liked to see things grow and I can’t imagine a home without plants and flowers around me. I’ve shared my love of green plants with you before. Take a look at this post if you are looking for tips to style your plants (btw my Corakia tree is still alive and well – third time was the charm!) and this post if you need inspiration for your window sill.
I have never tried planting with fertiliser before, so I was curious to try them out, when Bayer Garden wanted to collaborate with me. I’ve been testing a few Bayer Vitality products. I used the Top Start product to give the plants a great start. It helps the plants absorb nurture from the soil and grow stronger roots. Once the plants are done blooming I’m switching over to Top Taste, that will help the plants carry more fruit and veggies. I for one won’t say no to more tomatoes in the windowsill! I’m crossing my fingers that my tomato plants will start to sprout soon. I am growing the tomatoes in the cutest little mini green house called Grow from Designhouse Stockholm.
Read more about the Vitality-series and what it will do for your plants.
When I came home from my long journey to Southeast Asia a few months ago, a few of my plants where not as happy as when I left. My sweet neighbour had done a fine job looking after them and watering them, but I guess being all alone in a dark apartment with the heat turned down was not a good combination for them. So I’ve been giving them a little extra TLC with Top Growth and they seem happy again. Apart from my left over pine tree from Christmas. As much as I love it, it is time to say goodbye as it has been looking rather sad for some time now. But hey, that just gives me an excuse to go plant shopping again soon.
I wish I had a balcony. If I did, I would fill it with lots of plants and flowers from early spring till late fall. I don’t, but I do have a beautiful garden, that I share will all my neighbours. We do grow things in the garden – last year we had strawberries, blueberries, tomatoes, apples, salat and lots of herbs. Just because you live in the city dosen’t mean that you can’t grow your own food. Urban gardening is all the rave – plus the good thing about having a shared garden is all my sweet neighbours. That means more people to remember to water the plants and that there is always someone to chat to and have a coffee with. So not having a balcony is not so bad, but it will be on my wish list (again) next time I’m moving.
I found these two photos of the garden on my Instagram from last summer:
What are your traditions in the garden/windowsill/balcony? Do you grow things? And do you use fertiliser? I am curious to know as this is my first attempt to grow a tiny garden from scratch in my window sill and my first time using a touch of fertiliser.
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