Little Lemon Balm and Parsley seedlings have popped out of the soil in my balcony garden! The Lemon Balm seedlings are struggling a bit, but I see more of them germinate every day. I hope they grow big and strong during spring and summer.
The weather is warming up and I’ve pulled up the old mint, I grew from seeds a couple of years ago to start almost from scratch. It bascally outgrew everything and nearly killed my lemon balm.
This year I will limit the amount of plants I keep in my large pots. I’ve decided to let my old lemon balm grow in one pot, completely undisturbed. Hopefully it will spread out and fill the whole pot in no time. To help it along, I planted the rest of my seeds in the bare soil next to the adult plant. I used the leaves to make ice tea last summer and it was so delicious!
I’ve kept my seed grown thyme and parsley from a couple of years ago too. They don’t grow too aggressively and will be able to stay in their shared pot this year, like they have done for the past couple of years.
The perfect way to grow your herbs and spices if you don’t have a garden. This corner of my balcony is packed with mint, oregano, lemon balm, strawberries, parsley, thyme, an Aloe and some Drosera to combat gnats and other flying pests.
I grew all of them except the Aloe and strawberries from seeds last spring and they are absolutely thriving out there!
Last night I harvested most of the mint to stop them from overgrowing everything. It’s great in pesto with a bit of parsley, however odd that sounds.
My strawberry plant grows like crazy and I’m harvesting 2-3 delicious berries every day from the one plant I have. The black cherry tomatoes just started to ripen as well.
Last week I made my two basil plants into pesto and planted even more seeds to harvest later this year.
Aside from all of my succulents, I’ve got herbs and spices, strawberries, ponytail palms, a huge tomato plant (black cherry variety) and a Clematis grown in containers on a faux grass carpet.
It smells absolutely amazing out there!
My balcony garden has never been more colorful!