Balcony garden

Lisle, IL(Zone 5a)

Spent yesterday repotting some recent acquisitions, removed the cover from the greenhouse, resowed plants that failed to sprout in March/April and moved about 1/2 my stapeliads outside for the summer. I notice the 1st tomato on the 'Better Bush' plant and the 1st bloom on the 'Ichiban' eggplant. Also have a couple of 'Takanotsume' Japanese hot pepper sprouts and a couple of strawberries forming. While I don't have near as much room as I do at my home in AZ, I'm trying to make the most out of what I do have.

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suburban K.C., MO(Zone 6a)

Nice frogy, with all those little cacti and succulents you have you oughta make a concrete cacti and succulent dish. You could even keep it outside there year round! Just my 2 cents from one out of region forum user to another!
Will

Lisle, IL(Zone 5a)

shortleaf, your post made me realize that I needed to update my location information, as I moved to the Chicago area in March. Back in AZ, all of the succulents stayed outdoors year-round, but obviously things have changed dramtically for both me and the plants.

suburban K.C., MO(Zone 6a)

Oh, I see, yeah don't leave them outside all year there..lol
Yeah, you got the container gardening going on alright, I am envious! : )
Will

Lisle, IL(Zone 5a)

Thanks, Will. I just bought a nice vintage plant rack and put 10 more Stapeliads out on the balcony. At this point, if I want to put out any more, I'll have to go vertical, as the horizontal is all taken.

Hobart, IN

Hmm - can you hang flower boxes on the railing for more space?

Lisle, IL(Zone 5a)

Yes. I can, just need to decide on the style.

Hobart, IN

How nice to go out on the balcony and be surrounded by plants! Did you make room for a chair?

Lisle, IL(Zone 5a)

Cindy, barely, but yes.

Hobart, IN

Hope you get to use that chair often!

suburban K.C., MO(Zone 6a)

I got alot of potted plants too, I think near 200 total. Here is my "deck garden". - pic #1
This pic is most of my potted plants, many of them are smaller. pic #2
Sorry about the blurriness of the second photo but apparently the camera was focusing on the screen..lol I have some yard to plant them in but I have that old dilemma, "is that the right spot?", "is this the right spot?"! I'm not the homeowner, although, she says I can plant anything, I probably will get alot of it planted this Summer. I have been losing too many potted plants in the Winter, that's my own fault I know. I plan to get alot of them in the ground. : )
Will

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Lisle, IL(Zone 5a)

Wow, shortleaf, that's a lot of pots. Do you have to hand-water or are they on a drip system?

suburban K.C., MO(Zone 6a)

Thanks Frogy, I hand water in the summer with the garden hose, it takes about 30 minutes to do the front and back yard. Yeah, it's alot, I've been a bit of a plant hoarder..lol Recently, at our Central Midwest Roundup I got a ton of plants. I love them all, I've probably got 95% of them repotted. I plan on having a heck of a flower/bush/waterplant/ garden. In that above photo looking down it is kinda hard to see that black cluster of pots down there. It has quite a few plants in it alone, I'll post a photo of it down there, about half of those came from the Roundup, I tell you, I'm a lucky person to have so many great plants.
If I lived in Chicago or Seattle and only had little room for plants, I don't know what I'd do!
You must have some good decision making skills there, that would be frustrating, what to keep and what to part with.

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Lisle, IL(Zone 5a)

I left a lot of things at my home in AZ, but hopefully next Spring we'll be renting a house and I can bring some more plants out here.

Lisle, IL(Zone 5a)

Came home from a 10 day vacation and the plant service did a great job keeping everything alive. The Korean hot peppers are starting to produce, the 1st Better Bush tomato is ripening and the first roma tomato is on the vine.

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Hobart, IN

How neat to have a plant service take care of your plants! And what a treat to come back to ripening produce.

Lisle, IL(Zone 5a)

Starting to get some strawberries, small but delicious. And now I'm looking forward to some Ichiban eggplant. Harvested a few of the Korean hot peppers; nice flavor and a decent heat level but hoping they'll be a bit hotter when they turn red.

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