The New Sprout Growing On My Balcony

by Fern on March 6, 2013

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Hi guys, long time no blog! While I was pregnant, I just had too much going on to find time to garden, so I put my balcony on hold for awhile. But now that I have my new little sprout here, and he’s sleeping reasonably well (so I am getting some sleep too!) I am thinking about getting back into the swing of things again. What’s going on in your container garden?

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Maribel March 6, 2013 at 3:27 pm

Congratulations on your new baby! He is beautiful! What a handsome little guy! So happy for you.

Your book has inspired me to rise above my black thumb and start container gardening! I so far have parsley, cilantro and basil in containers. I also have a mini-manzanita in a container. So cute. I have Rosemary in the ground. I am even rescuing mint and thyme in containers! So far so good! Now I am on a mission to put together a gardening table that I can incorporate into my backyard. Any suggestions? Ideas?

Welcome back!


Fern March 6, 2013 at 3:43 pm

There’s no such thing as a black thumb! Only green thumbs in the making. :-) Glad my book has inspired you to grow some of your own herbs! Let me know how the manzanita does in a container, that’s one plant I haven’t tried yet.

Erin Hill March 6, 2013 at 4:32 pm

Hi Fern,
Congratulations on the cute little addition to your gardening crew! He’s a doll. Balcony gardening has been going pretty well here on Telegraph Hill in San Francisco, despite the lack of much needed rain. We got about two DROPS last night, not enough to make much difference. I do have a couple of California Poppies, which I planted from seed in my window boxes a couple of years ago, which have finally decided to pop out and enjoy the sun. I have a Pineapple Sage plant, with lots of red blossoms, which the hummingbirds really dig. I have orange and yellow nasturtiums planted from seed in the window boxes as well, and they’re going bonkers – growing down and out and over the side of the balcony. So much fun to look up and see them on the 3rd floor balcony when I’m walking towards my building. I also have a Pink Jasmine that has a ton of pink blossoms ready to burst, but with the cold snap, I’m not sure they’re going to come to fruition, fingers crossed. Anyway, fun to share with you about the goings on out on my balcony. Wishing you and the baby a wonderful Spring together, and happy gardening! – Erin


Judy Young March 6, 2013 at 6:07 pm

So THAT’S where you’ve been! Missed the blog, and also missed reading about the sprout-to-be. Congratulations to all of you!


Erin Winslow March 7, 2013 at 3:52 am

I live in western Sweden so it is still much too cold for a container garden outside BUT it is high time to do all the prep work and start some seedlings on my kitchen window sill. :-)


Anthony March 7, 2013 at 5:25 am

Congratulations on your beautiful new “Sprout” & glad to read you’re back.


Matti March 7, 2013 at 5:37 am

Congrats on your baby boy. Happy for you. Seems that we are in the same boat…taking a little break during the new baby time. Welcome back. Matti


Taunya March 7, 2013 at 5:38 am

Congratulations! Missed the blog as well. Starting my container gardens in Central Texas with fantastic new heirloom veggies…trailing squash, melons and tomatoes just to name a few. I was fortunate to meet a new friend in Quebec who’s a master with heirloom seeds! Planting all containers, vertical gardens & hanging pots with the Plant Warrior and Aerator again this year of course…trying to launch the aerator in 2013. Welcome Back we’ve missed you!


Madeleine Ward March 7, 2013 at 5:46 am

He is beautiful, know you will have many years of happiness you only imagined


Sara D NW Georgia March 7, 2013 at 6:04 am

Congrats! He is super cute!


Deitra March 7, 2013 at 6:43 am

Congratulations! Many joyous and abundant blessings to you and your little one!


Annie Haven | Authentic Haven Brand March 7, 2013 at 7:15 am

Congratulations to your and your family Fern, I’m so happy for you what a blessing and he’s so sweet.


Sarah March 7, 2013 at 7:15 am

Welcome back!! We moved to an apartment with a teensy balcony. Only have a succulent and a small flowering plant growing. I want to try strawberries again this year, even though my bare root plants were a major flop last year. Any suggestions?


BritishDeb March 7, 2013 at 7:48 am

Congratulations – I would have to say that is your finest propagation yet!


Jeanine March 7, 2013 at 8:05 am

My amaryllis bloomed this year after a 2 year dormant period.


Stephanie March 7, 2013 at 10:54 am

Huzzah! Congratulations on the new sprout! What a cutie! I’ve missed your blog so I look forward to future posts! My goal this year for my deck is to have a hefty herb garden, so hopefully that will thrive! Congrats again!


Genevieve March 7, 2013 at 10:58 am

Glad to see you back, Fern! He is a total cutie and I am so happy for you.

I’m building a potato tower today. That’s for my personal horticultural accomplishments. :)


Jennifer March 7, 2013 at 4:43 pm

Congratulations, Fern! What a wonderful time of life for you and your family. My own ‘baby’ is 22. I continue to cherish every minute with him. I’ve missed your posts — hope you have time to still do a few. Container-gardening wise, I’m about to put big collard into an equally big pot. My best to you and your family.


Lisa March 9, 2013 at 10:03 pm

Awww, such a cute smile!

Containers? Well, I did plant carrots just today, so we’ll see what happens. I have 7 boysenberry starts just getting their first buds in large containers, and my blueberries have formed flower buds. The spearmint in a pot is starting to come back from winter.
Raised beds are a bit big to be considered “containers,” so that’s it for now.
I did try to make my own self-watering container from a large bin and lid, but that was a disaster! It was my fault, I cut corners measuring.


Orchidea March 11, 2013 at 8:12 am

What a cute little boy! I am starting sowing this weekend… since it is still very cold her ein Sweden (-5C), I will keep everythign in my apartment and move outside only in 1 month.


Kalena Boller March 12, 2013 at 2:23 pm

OMG!! Congrats! It’s been a minute since I gardened and had a blog. I’m so happy for you and your healthy and happy baby. God bless and keep gardening!


Jerry March 12, 2013 at 3:15 pm

That’s a super photo – congrats!

Alas, here in the midwest there won’t be any container planting happening on my deck until at least mid-April. But then – glorious! Basil (essential), tomatoes, peppers, (both in an Earthtainer) and perhaps some eggplant. Can’t wait!


Jessie Richardson March 14, 2013 at 1:09 pm

such a handsome little prince! i have twin boys that haven’t allowed me much time for anything. they’ll be turning two this June and i’ve decided it’s time to get going on my garden again because i feel like such a slacker! i took them out yesterday to turn over dirt and they thought it was great fun just to play in it :) gotta love little helpers!


Valerie March 16, 2013 at 5:07 pm

Congrats on the new addition to your family!


Max March 22, 2013 at 7:44 pm

Hey Fern – Congrats on the little man! Our dwarf apricot has fruit on it this year!


Gitana the Creative Diva April 7, 2013 at 10:39 pm

Congratulations on your newest gardener. When he begins to root around in the dirt, it will be with a purpose. My perennial containers are already in full swing and I’m planning on lots of herbs and veggies this year. Glad to have you back.

- G


Edible Little Balcony April 12, 2013 at 8:36 am

Also a congrats from me! I don’t have any kids, but I can only imagine what it must be like to try to find time for gardening with a little one there!

I have lots of seedlings thriving in my window sill greenhouse for now until I’m sure it’s warm enough to get them outside (it’s only been above freezing the past 3 nights or so here). Zucchinis, chili peppers (3 kinds) and tomatoes have livened up the window sill, and my spring fever is in full-bloom! :)


Caroline April 22, 2013 at 1:23 pm

Congratulations! He is so beautiful! What an exciting time in your life! I just wanted to say it’s so nice to have found you and your site. I love to container garden! We actually live in a rural area, but between deer, rabbits, ground hogs and many other wildlife, we were unable to keep anything around long enough to grow! We container garden on a very high deck where birds are our biggest problem. I’m bookmarking so I can keep your site as a reference!


elledi May 20, 2013 at 5:37 pm

congrats fern, he is too adorable! i haven’t commented on here much before but that pic was too hard to resist :) i have a little sprout of my own – well she’s not that little anymore since she’s 4. but i just wanted to tell you that the best part about little sprouts is passing on your green thumb to them. Mine loves to water my balcony garden and watching her brings so much joy to me!


shelley May 21, 2013 at 2:53 pm

hey fern, welcome back to gardening and congratulations on your sweet little sprout! what a wonderful time of life it is when you have a new baby boy in your life! i was blessed with two and it’s been a wonderful ride every since. i recently found a blog on etsy with your upcycled pallet garden. you had taken one of those industrial wooden pallets (you see them everywhere when I live) and turned it into a garden for small spaces of course! it’s fabulous and what a clever idea. i shall have to try that. we are working away from home because of the job situation and we live in our RV fulltime. At first I thought I would not like it but actually I’ve gotten to be rather fond of not having a big 2000+ sq.ft. house to clean, especially the bathrooms! HA! Anyway, I have a lovely little stair case that the hub got for me, so i garden in small pots on the stops, and we have a great pic=nic table outside in our “small yard” area and I have pots on it with vegies and herbs and of course I had to have a few flowers so I have them in pots at the base of the steps and hanging in our one tree! It’s not as good as being home, but it sure as heck beats not having anything beautiful to look at each day! Thanks for all the wonderful ideas you have and I will certainly look forward to following you from now on…..enjoy those little hand prints wherever you find them! Shelley


ThatMarriedGuy May 24, 2013 at 12:35 pm

Congrats! Our little girl is 16 months now! I’ve enjoyed your website and made a new container garden tour video where she made a surprise appearance! :) Exciting times!

Here’s the video if you’re interested!




Teresa @ Seasonal Wisdom June 3, 2013 at 5:34 pm

That’s the cutest sprout I’ve seen all growing season. Hope you’ll feature your little man in future posts. He’s adorable. Meanwhile, I may be just renting for a few months, now that I’m back in California. But my garden beds are already filled with tomatoes, eggplants, peppers, lettuces, red onions, basil and Swiss Chard.
I guess you can’t stop a gardener from growing food if she’s determined. ;) All best, T


Lynda June 27, 2013 at 7:53 am

Adorable baby! Enjoy him and welcome back.

I am looking forward to being part of the conversation about city balcony gardening


Grace August 13, 2013 at 10:12 am

Growing Ostrich Ferns for (I hope) fiddle heads next spring. They got a bit burned from too much sun exposure.

Congratulations! Glad to have you back!


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