lemon tree.

I have wanted a lemon tree ever since I was little. We had a huge lemon tree in our backyard growing up and some of my favourite memories are making lemon meringue pies with my mum. Eventually the tree got borers and despite dad’s best efforts, it died.

So I bought a “lemonade” lemon and whacked it in a pot. The first year we got about 7 lemons, but after a serious bout of neglect, the poor tree is not looking its best. It bounced back with lots of new growth, but its not really a tree shape anymore, and is growing out in all directions pretty awkwardly.

Lemon tree

It flowered a few weeks ago, but the wind blew them all away before any fruit set… So I think it’s doing ok… The question is do I prune it right back to get it growing tree-like again? I’m more inclined to just leave it be. Anyone growing citrus successfully in a container?


This was an impulse market buy… I’m a sucker for purple veggies.

This purple cabbage been growing for months and months… Crammed into a pot with mint and some Chinese greens, I don’t think it’s very happy.

I am patient (for now) so I will wait and see.

Purple cabbage in containers

Has anyone grown cabbage in containers? Should I re-pot it in it’s own pot? Does it matter if it grows really slowly? I’m worried the outside will rot before the inside is ready…

after the rain.

Sydney has been having quite a bit of rain lately, and the balcony is loving it… And I don’t have to hand water, so we’re all happy!

Growing stronger in his home made green house

Growing stronger in his home made green house

After the rain

After the rain

A million little seedlings have germinated under the blueberry bush… What could they be? Weeds, or something better? I think it’s too soon to tell, so they can stay for now.

I have no idea what has popped up here...

I have no idea what has popped up here… We will have to wait and see.


Tomatoes are my favourite plant to grow. They’re pretty tough, seem to be ok in pots and grow so, so fast. Seedlings to fruit in a flash. On my balcony though, I’ve never had huge harvests… Sometimes the wind has been to blame… but usually death comes quickly, by the mouths of hundreds of bright green caterpillars.

I don’t spray chemicals on my plants (I don’t really see the point of home grown food if you’re going to spray it with poisons anyways…) so I tried picking them off one by one. But they usually win.

This year… So far so good! I was given a punnet of mixed heirloom cherry tomato seedlings for Christmas… and they are doing pretty well.

I of course have no idea what’s what- but I do know it looks like we’re in for quite a haul of tiny tomatoes in the coming weeks!

This poor guy is in an exposed position and cops the worst of the wind… He is my bravest tomato plant yet! Standing tall (well, tallish) and fruiting already.

This poor guy is in an exposed position and cops the worst of the wind.

Determined is he – 6 fruits already forming (hard to see in this blurry photo) and new flowers starting to form branches very tip of the plant.

His next door neighbour has also been pretty wind battered though his tactic has been to grow in a twist. Whatever works, little tomato.

Twisted tomato

Grow any way you like, mister tomato!

Container tomato miracle fruit

And look! Big fat fruit already starting to ripen.

This guy has been better protected, and has a deeper pot (which he doesn’t seem to mind sharing with a leek and some thyme) so has grown much bigger than his battered brothers.

Using the railing as support.

Using the railing as support.

Tomato leek and thyme sharing container

Tomato, thyme and leek getting along just fine.

Down the end here is the biggest pot I have. There are four plants in there! They’re going okay, I’m sure they would like some more room, but they’re flowering away like mad… And fruit is forming in the messy tangle.

Cramped, but pretty happy!

Cramped, but pretty happy!


Won't be much longer now...

Won’t be much longer now…

Today two little baby seedlings went in. They germinated on our lounge room window sill very, very slowly. And have continued to grow very, very slowly! They are an heirloom veriety called black cherry.

The bigger of the two went in with a few tragic looking zuchini seedlings (who are desperately trying to live and are forming flowers, but they are yellow and sickly, I don’t have high hopes!) He has a home-made greenhouse to protect him from the wind for a little while until he is a bit stronger.

Tomato seedling in container

I just hacked the bottom of a soft drink bottle off and gently twisted it into the dirt around the seedling. Easy.

The runt of the two is tucked in under the leek for protection for now. The leek will be pulled soon for potato and leek soup. And the thyme will survive a bit of a squish for a the time being..

Tiny littlest runt seedling protected by a friendly leek. He probably doesn't have e very good chance!

Tiny littlest runt seedling protected by a friendly leek. He probably doesn’t have e very good chance!

It’s raining now, I hope it lasts long enough to give the bigger pots a good soak.