And it stayed looking like this for 4 months. Andy and I eat out here all. the. time. I’d say at least 4 nights a week. Recently (Earth day weekend) I bought a bag of dirt, a pack of seeds, and gave the balcony a 15 minute makeover. It’s one of those “why did I not do this sooner!” kind of projects. It cost $6, a trip to Home Depot, and 15 minutes of planting! We brought some of our plants from the Austin balcony, but we gave most of the away. We even gave away Earl’s house… sad day. Oh Earl, I hope you’re doing well (and not digging up plants) in Austin with your new landlord. This is Nutsy in Earl’s house. Annie is taking good care of him.
We use cilantro a lot. We have a fish taco recipe, salsa, and veggie burgers that all include cilantro. I moved a few things around and voila, so. much. better. That tiny beige pot is filled with snail shells that Andy and I found on a river bed in Houston and I’ve been dragging them around with us.
We keep this door open all the time, so it’s nice to have a pretty view…
And if the door is shut, you still see lots of plants.
Did I mention I love the tile balcony thing. In Austin, we had wood, and by wood… I mean rotting wood. The tile makes clean up easy peasy. A bucket a water cleans this right up.
- Make/ buy cushions for the chairs.
- Deal with the pot mess in the corner that I hid from y’all in the pictures above 🙂 This one is going to be hard because it means I will have to clean out the tornado closet. Avalanches are no fun.
Comments & Reviews
I’d say it was ready to harvest. My OH grows all kinds of herbs in our garden and we have one not much bigger than that which I have been using 🙂 I just pull handfuls off as and when I need them.
– Adele @ Mammy Made
Yep, your cilantro is ready!!! gosh I have alot coming in now(wish I could send you some:(. I learned a nifty trick too. My cousin told me to put some seeds down in the winter in my garden and cover it with heavy duty bags by the time growing season comes ill have seedlings uncover and let nature do the rest (of course with the help of my watering) tried it and so far so good. As for mint those need plenty sun and good watering I have a few pots right in the open away from trees and shade and man do they look good.
Jamie D. says
I’m making salsa tomorrow! You think you can use that trick in pots? Thanks for sharing!
Susan M Jensen says
Hi, in Minnesota wwhen it gets 80 or more I put it in part shade, especially afternoon sun.I like your after very cool & fresh look to it. I have 24 container s around my house WOW !. Some herbs & veggies plus in ground. Water, maybe mist (on a balcony ??). could even use stones in a dish , pan with water up to top of stones with plants on top . I do when its HOT Good luck & have fun
Erin the Creative Broad says
Your decorative railing is making me flinch. I’m sure I wouldn’t have thought twice of it pre-toddler, but all I can see in these pictures is giant portals for cars, balls and stuffed animals to be thrown through. …your cilantro looks good to me! It could probably handle having a bit chopped off and used in cooking, just make sure you cut from the top, not take lower branches off! If it gets too hot it will bolt (get super tall and scraggly and try to bloom) and then it’s too late…but when it goes to seed you will have coriander!
Jamie D. says
It would be a little scary if we had kids! A toddler could certainly fit through the “wish bones”!I’m happy to hear I can eat some cilantro… thanks!
My cilantro looks like that too and I have the same question! I want to eat it! I’ve read that cilantro likes 75 degree weather; hotter than that and it dies….which means it probably won’t last much longer where I live 🙁
I love your space! And your view! I have a wood deck right now (with someone underneath) and I hate it because when I am working on a project I have to make sure nothing falls between the cracks or bothers their space. I have also had cement and while that was nice because nothing ever fell through, it hurt your feet.
Im trying to update my outdoor space without spending much as well. I just planted a 3 herb garden and while the cilantro and basil seems to be doing well, the dill doesnt have much of a life left. Not sure what happened there.
Jamie D. says
Thank you 🙂 Growing stuff is so fun! I’ve always had good luck with cilantro and basil… mint is super tricky for me! Who knows 🙂