Urban Gardening Adventure

Nicole Voris

Recently Oliver and I have gotten into gardening.  Living in the middle of a city, this isn't the easiest feat.  We are very lucky that our apartment has an awesome balcony.  

Now we are very much beginners, and we have definitely made many mistakes and killed more plants than I'd like.  (I wish they had all lived.)  But I want to take you on a tour of our plants.

The first plants we started with were bougainvilleas.  These are some of my favorite plants and to me they represent Southern California.  I love seeing the pink and purple flowers climb and take over the structures that support them.  Here are the four "Thai Delights" we're raising.

 The day we brought them home (March.)

The day we brought them home (March.)

 Today!

Today!

They're growing really well despite both us and El Nino overwatering them. We've figured it out now and they're doing much better now!  Find more photos of our plants below. 

 little cactus and beginnings of cat grass

little cactus and beginnings of cat grass

 Tomatoes (planted them 10 days ago) Our first try at urban food gardening!

Tomatoes (planted them 10 days ago) Our first try at urban food gardening!

 Already planted from Home Depot. But we love the pot and these succulents!

Already planted from Home Depot. But we love the pot and these succulents!

 This is our little indoor terrarium from Ikea.  Sochi LOVES to eat plants.  So this is the only way we can have plants in the house without him destroying them.   

This is our little indoor terrarium from Ikea.  Sochi LOVES to eat plants.  So this is the only way we can have plants in the house without him destroying them.   

Although we're new, and have made many mistakes, we're learning as we're going.  It's super relaxing and wonderful to cultivate life.