A Toronto Transformation

Little Luxuries – A Garden

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I grew up in a house with a slightly wild, definitely beautiful garden. Some of the first words I spoke as a baby were the names of plants and flowers (and animal sounds). I used to love make believing I was living off the land. Munching on fresh rhubarb and blackerries, currents and chives, as I tromped around the backyard looking for fairies.

I have yet to finagle myself into an apartment with access to a proper garden, but am lucky enough to have the luxury of a sunny balcony I can grow a few things on in the summer months (ah summer months, remember those? I’m not totally sure I do. I’m starting to feel like Jon Snow on that damned wall of his lately).

I’m not the greatest green thumb. In fact I own possibly the saddest looking ficus anyone has ever seen, BUT I absolutely love growing fresh herbs and lettuces (I tried tomatoes but the squirrels and raccoons stole every single one) and cannot wait to get my hands back into some sun-warmed soil to plant delicious and fragrant basil and rosemary and dill this spring!

Do you guys grow anything? And do any of you know how to keep a ficus from looking like it has mange? Let me know in the comments!



7 Responses to Little Luxuries – A Garden

  • Shauna says:

    I love to grow! I’ve always jam packed my balconies with flowers, herbs,vines, anything that would fit. And even some that wouldn’t. As long as there was sitting space, the rest could be plants…and little colorful lanterns. as for the ficus, I do have one…but I’ve got no advice. I do let mine dry out a bit between waterings. It hasn’t grown much…they seem like very slow growers. But it looks healthy. I’ve had it through 4 apartments I think, so it doesn’t seem too particular. (I know, probably not what you wanted to hear, sorry!) does it have aphids by chance?

    • metamorphocity says:

      I knew this post would appeal to you! You’re such a green thumb! I don’t think mine has aphids, I think my insanely erratic watering schedule might be to blame. Maybe I’ll set a consistent alarm on my phone or something.

      • Shauna says:

        Try every sunday! A usually relaxing at-home day for me suits well for fussing over the plants. I also recommend a water meter. Best $6 I’ve spent. It’s just a little metal spike you stick in the soil that reads it as Dry-Moist-Wet. Then you can water accordingly. Some of my plants are bone dry each week! And some stay moist for weeks.

  • Rachel says:

    I used to “cook” meals with chives when I was a kid! I would eat them raw, and then also mix them in with grass and mud and stuff to make “stew” (which I was thankfully smart enough not to put in my mouth, haha). It’s eternal summer here in LA, but it’s not a very green summer…and my apartment building is nowhere near a garden. The only plants i’m able to support are a couple of cacti and my peace lily, which is amazingly two years old and going strong.

    • metamorphocity says:

      Well you’re one up on me. I’ve definitely killed a cactus before. I love that you made flavourful mud pies! So cute!

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