Harvest time

Ate the first leaves off my lettuce plants. YUM! Feels so awesome to have grown some food myself.

homegrown lettuce on a sandwich

I grew this in a small box on my window sill. It seems to have been a great strategy since the front of the house faces south (but has no garden to speak of) and the added height means snails and slugs aren’t tempted to snack on my plants.

I may transplant everything to the front window sills!

Garden Update

In my new house in Clapton, I have a sweet lil garden. It wasn’t very well tended, but I went in this past weekend and cleaned it up! I weeded the sunny portion and cleared out all the garbage and broken glass.

spring in my english garden

I’ve also planted my birthday strawberries (pressie from my lovely aunt) and a tomato along side seeds for beans, peas, basil, kale, marigolds, borage, and nasturtium. I’ve also got a window sill box full of lettuce.

Hope I haven’t been too optimistic and jumped the gun… We shall see!

Himmeli Planters

himmeli air plant holder with spanish moss

A few weeks back, I put together a tutorial on how to make your own himmeli. These beautiful, geometric sculptures were originally created out of straw and meant as Christmas decorations. Their simple elegance is beautiful all year round though, and they make a wonderful addition anywhere you hang them.

I went a step further and bought a few air plants to put in them this past week. I got three different types. Here a small Ionantha Fuego Clump finds a new home in my triangular himmeli design.

himmeli air planter

The spanish moss (aka Usneoides) also works beautifully! I got a big clump of it and separated it into a few bits. The little arms are happy to wrap around the himmeli straws or just hang out on their own. 

himmeli air planter with spanish moss

I also got a Bergeri (not pictured) which is quite at home as well. I def recommend adding air plants to your himmeli. They are easy to care for because they just need a spritzing each week. There are also air plant fertilizer sprays you can use once a month. They do appreciate a soaking once a month too, but that’s pretty much all the care they require. 

The lettuce is safe.

Even with all these pests eating the kale, beans, and strawberries, they’ve left all the lettuce alone. I don’t understand it at all and it makes me wonder if the lettuce is no good to eat.

There’s not a single hole in the lettuce leaves!

It’s not snails.

So the egg shells did not work. I moved the strongest pot of kale inside in the hopes that whatever was munching through the leaves was an occasional visitor that would no longer be able to eat a free lunch with the plants inside.
Well, sadly I was wrong. Seems the lunchers have actually taken up residence  on the underside of the leaves. Most of the bugs are a slivery, white color, but this guy had spots.
I washed all of the bugs off when I discovered them, but alas, they seem to have come back in even great numbers!

After a bit of internet research, it appears these are aphids. This article suggests sprtizing the leaves with a water/soap (like Dr. Bronner’s) solution. That will be the next thing to try!