Tag: growing

Balcony harvest: Tomatoes and Chilies

This year we had a very tasty tomato and chili harvest, despite the late start. When we came back to Berlin in April, it was still pretty cold so we decided to grow the plants from seeds and don’t get seedlings. Well, it worked pretty well, but we may have missed a month of fruits and some of the chilies are still struggling to get ripe. Here are the tomatoes we harvested from July on. Since some of the chili plants don’t like the cooler weather, we already put them inside since they started to kick off their leaves. The

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The first watermelon!

Coming back to the garden after two weeks of vacation, it was great to see all the changes. Most plants did really well, thanks to our lovely neighbors who gave them a good water every couple of days. Especially the watermelon has been working hard – it developed the first tiny fruit, just as big as a marble. And the eggplant developed its first flower as well, hopefully the fruit will grow a bit faster than that! Still, so many different vegetables were ready to harvest, among them tomatoes, broccoli, jumbo zucchinis, corn, rocket, strawberries, and green beans. Additionally, the neighbors helped out

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Growing mushrooms in a box

Last winter, I finally tried out one of the mushroom growing boxes. What kept me from doing this earlier was the weight – with ~10kg it seemed quite heavy to move around. However, since mushroom hunting season is usually quite short around Berlin, we aimed at extending it a bit with the box. It promises multiple mushroom harvesting waves for about 4 months. The boxes are available with different kind of spores and i decided for the so rather regular Steinchampignons. After setting it up, adding some water, and waiting a couple weeks, the first mushrooms emerged quickly. Just a

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