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Old 19.07.2021, 12:03
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I have no idea what the flowers in the flower boxes are, they just looked pretty

In terms of edible things, I have rosemary, chives, basil, lettuce, and strawberries.

The hydrangea is something I've wanted since moving here, but it will definitely need a bigger pot!
Good start! Give us a closeup shot and we'll tell you what's in the boxes. To the edibles...add some thymian? Here's how to tell that your hydrangea needs repotting:

https://www.gardenguides.com/change-...geas-5991.html
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Old 19.07.2021, 12:35
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Excellent points on the pet-safe advice - little miss labrador will gobble up anything she can find, so my next task is to buy some storage boxes for the fertilizer & potting mix!

So here's where I am - I'm all settled into my new apartment and have started peppering the balcony with some greenery! Check it out

Before - balcony is a bit bigger than I thought, approx. 3.2m squared
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I have no idea what the flowers in the flower boxes are, they just looked pretty

In terms of edible things, I have rosemary, chives, basil, lettuce, and strawberries.

The hydrangea is something I've wanted since moving here, but it will definitely need a bigger pot!
It looks lovely.
The flowers in the pots look like either geranium/pelargoniums or begonias but itís hard to tell from that photo.
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Old 20.07.2021, 08:40
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Good start! Give us a closeup shot and we'll tell you what's in the boxes. To the edibles...add some thymian? Here's how to tell that your hydrangea needs repotting:

https://www.gardenguides.com/change-...geas-5991.html
I did see some nice looking Thyme plants at the store, but I'm not really sure that I would use it. What do you cook thyme with?
Edit: actually I can probably answer my own question if I check out the cooking thread!

Here are the flowers in the flower boxes - it's still not a great picture, I'm well overdue for a new phone

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I did see some nice looking Thyme plants at the store, but I'm not really sure that I would use it. What do you cook thyme with?
Edit: actually I can probably answer my own question if I check out the cooking thread!

Here are the flowers in the flower boxes - it's still not a great picture, I'm well overdue for a new phone

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I have thyme in a pot, it has very pretty purple flowers but I never really cook with it, it’s not a herb I use at all as I’m not keen on the flavour of it.

They’re Bizzie Lizzie or Impatiens to give them their proper name.

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Re: How about a gardening thread?

They are indeed impatiens, aka Touch-Me-Not. Some contain alkaloids, but I don't know if their concentration is enough to worry about--after all, some impatiens are used in folk medicine.

Thyme is wonderful with potatoes, pork, beef, chicken, and fish. I put it on almost everything. Every time I walk by my plants, I run my hands through just to smell that lovely scent. I can post a recipe next time I post in the cooking thread.
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Old 28.07.2021, 08:07
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Just a quick update for you all - I'm having lots of fun with my little balcony garden!

It's fascinating how expressive the plants and flowers are - they quickly demonstrate if they're unhappy about something! Last week we had a few extremely hot days in Basel, and the hydrangea looked awful - the flowers were all droopy and wilted and almost shrivelled up. I did a quick google search and decided I had not been giving it anywhere near enough water, and within 24 hours of a good drink, it was all back to looking healthy and proud again!

The impatiens were also struggling with the heat, I think. As long as I water them most days they seem to be okay. They probably weren't a great choice, as they're on the edge of the balcony so they receive full sunlight, but i'll keep them going as long as I can.

I did end up buying some thyme after all, and made some lovely roasted veggies with it (plus fresh rosemary). And I've been using the basil to make fresh caprese salads which is a real treat - tomatoes here are AMAZING, I'm used to the small, semi-tasteless ones in the UK. These giant juicy ones are great!
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

Great to hear it, itsjess! Your impatiens should really be in the shade most of the time; only some varieties can take sun, and then not at noon. Thyme, OTOH, thrives almost anywhere. Hydrangea is very thirsty and very hungry. Be sure you feed it high-phosphorus food to promote blooms. I used to get 15-30-15, but I don't think you can get those high numbers in CH. Just choose the one with the highest middle figure.

Thyme is wonderful with roast chicken. Just bung a handful in the cavity along with half a lemon, roast at 200C for an hour. Yum. Leftovers!
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The impatiens were also struggling with the heat, I think. As long as I water them most days they seem to be okay. They probably weren't a great choice, as they're on the edge of the balcony so they receive full sunlight...
Maybe next season put a couple of small tomato plants in this area. They tend to grow well on a balcony and if yours is getting that much sun, then you'll have fresh tomatoes for sure!
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My first poblanos. This year, I bought plants from Beat Hueberger in Zurich.. got them in May. I have poblanos, jalapeŮos ans serranos, and one other whose name I forget, poblanos have lots of fruit, serranos are doing well..lots of blooms on the rest
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My first poblanos.
OMG, I haven't been able to cook my carnitas for a year because of a poblano shortage. It's essentially meltingly tender shredded pork shoulder. The sauce is made of a saute of poblanos, red bells, and green onions to which you add Jack cheese, cream, cilantro, and S&P. Serve with warm tortillas, lime, avocado salsa. Oh my ears and whiskers.
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Yes, I make my own version too. Itís lovely stuff.
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