Prepping my pots

Spring is finally here in full swing.

The temperatures are still a bit cool but it was enough to pull out all of my pots for this year’s balcony garden.

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And let this be known that this is the last photo I will ever take of that awful old barbecue. It has now moved on to new pastures. Well the dump anyway.

After all the talk of vertical gardens and vegetables,  I am going to do things a bit more simply this year. All flowers, a few herbs and one pepper plant.

House plants need a new home

My house plants are looking for a new home.

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Well some new planters anyway. It was a bountiful winter with lots of sun in our condo so all the plants have grown and grown. But now they all need new pots and quick.

I am having trouble finding something beyond the old clay pot. I’m on the hunt for some new homes for these green guys.

For example my aloe is in a great glass planter I got as a gift from a great plant shop on Queen Street here in Toronto.

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I’ll be stopping there soon but I’ve also found some nice stuff at West Elm.

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There is this as well.

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And of course, when in doubt I generally end up at Ikea.

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This one is nice as well

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Nothing is really jumping out at me though. Anyone have any recommendations for shops in Toronto?

The brave companions

OK so you can tell from the title of this one I’ve been reading too much George Martin of late. Hey what can I say? I spent the long weekend at the schoolhouse all by my lonesome and it was either read some more Storm of Swords or watch Aspen Extreme on VHS. I think it is time to upgrade our multimedia options up there.

I was nervous to leave my city sprouts unattended but they came through and even grew a good deal in my absence. I am hopeful for my herbs and tomatoes but we will see how the lettuce and peppers fare.

Since I got back early I started doing a little research on gardening and found this infographic on companion planting. While pots of plants are close together and I have introduced everyone I don’t think that actually counts as the same thing. Perhaps next year I will get bigger pots and let everyone get to know each other a little better.
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