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Tequila time on the Balcony with the Reverse Gardener! @Hachi_affection8 🍹 
These are the first two Dwarf Tahiti Limes from the small, young tree in the Balcony Orchard. πŸ‘™ 
Just keeping up the Summer-in Winter-on-the-Balcony theme on this windy, cold day
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#lime #summerinwinter
#tequila #tahitianlime #citrus #juicy #igrewthis #instagardenlovers #growyourownfood #organicgardenersmag #organicfood #vitaminc #urbangarden #gardener #homegrown #permacultureonabalcony #lobotany
Tequila time on the Balcony with the Reverse Gardener! @Hachi_affection8 🍹 These are the first two Dwarf Tahiti Limes from the small, young tree in the Balcony Orchard. πŸ‘™ Just keeping up the Summer-in Winter-on-the-Balcony theme on this windy, cold day πŸ˜‚ . #lime  #summerinwinter  #tequila  #tahitianlime  #citrus  #juicy  #igrewthis  #instagardenlovers  #growyourownfood  #organicgardenersmag  #organicfood  #vitaminc  #urbangarden  #gardener  #homegrown  #permacultureonabalcony  #lobotany 
Balcony Berlotti Beans!
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This is the total of TWO years' harvest on the Balcony.
Living the small dream of growing my own food and having enough to preserve, dry and cook out of season.
I waited two Summers for this teeny tiny collection.
Beans with garlic and olive oil tomorrow!
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#berlottibeans #cranberrybean #growyourownfood #saveforarainyday #driedbeans #balconygarden #upontherooftop #containergarden #smallspacegardening #urbanfarmer #patience #comfortfood #vegetablegarden #homegrown #permaculture
Balcony Berlotti Beans! πŸ˜€ This is the total of TWO years' harvest on the Balcony. Living the small dream of growing my own food and having enough to preserve, dry and cook out of season. I waited two Summers for this teeny tiny collection. Beans with garlic and olive oil tomorrow! . #berlottibeans  #cranberrybean  #growyourownfood  #saveforarainyday  #driedbeans  #balconygarden  #upontherooftop  #containergarden  #smallspacegardening  #urbanfarmer  #patience  #comfortfood  #vegetablegarden  #homegrown  #permaculture 
A taste of homegrown Balcony  Summer... in WINTER! πŸ…
Is this not insane? Flowers and fruit continue to appear on this vine that towers over 6' into the sky! 
I'm expecting it will slow down soon (?) and green toms will grace my kitchen window ledge for the last leg of their journey.
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Winter never tasted so good!
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#unseasonal #tomatoes #winter #summervegetables #vegetablegarden #homegrown #globalwarming #disrupted #gardeningaustralia #groworganic #growfoodwhereyoulive #gardentotable #organicveggies #urbanfarmer #smallspacegardening #rooftopgarden
A taste of homegrown Balcony Summer... in WINTER! πŸ… Is this not insane? Flowers and fruit continue to appear on this vine that towers over 6' into the sky! I'm expecting it will slow down soon (?) and green toms will grace my kitchen window ledge for the last leg of their journey. πŸ… Winter never tasted so good! . #unseasonal  #tomatoes  #winter  #summervegetables  #vegetablegarden  #homegrown  #globalwarming  #disrupted  #gardeningaustralia  #groworganic  #growfoodwhereyoulive  #gardentotable  #organicveggies  #urbanfarmer  #smallspacegardening  #rooftopgarden 
The first Balcony Turnip raises its pretty head.
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I am giving root veggies more focus this season with plantings of  Beets, Daikon, Carrots and these White Baby Turnips.
Yes you can grow root veggies on your balcony!
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#rootvegetables #wintervegetables
#growonmybalcony #organicgardenersmag #organicfood #growfoodwhereyoulive #growyourownfood #containergardening #smallspacegardening #growinyourvegepod #permacultureonabalcony #nosprays
Winter coverings on the Australian Native Stingless Bees' hive. They've been so quiet over the last couple of weeks.
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A few brave faces peep out of the hole on a warmer day but the ladies are not game to come out and forage.
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#australiannativestinglessbees #tetragonulacarbonaria #sugarbagbees #savethebees #balconygarden #pollinators #winterinsydney #toocold
#winterwoollies #bees #balconylife #veggiegarden
Balcony Broccoli coming along nicely and netted from cabbage white butterflies
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Going to give them one more try this season and if they fail again, then it's goodbye Brassicas from the Balcony!
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#trialanderror #pests #veggiegarden #containergardening #selfwicking #greenthumb #growyourownfood #growonyourbalcony #growfoodwhereyoulive #greensmart #wintergarden #homegrown #permaculture #organic #gardeningaustralia #organicgardenersmag
VERY excited to discover Up_On_The_Rooftop featured in today's @humanswhogrowfood on Facebook
Link is in my Bio.
If you're not already following them on IG or FB you're missing out on seeing  the stories and images from an extraordinary cross-section of farmers and growers from across the globe!
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Growing the planet's growing community!
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@greensmartpots_official
@vegepod
@gardeningwithangus
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#humanswhogrowfood #communityofgardeners #permaculture #gardenersworld #grower #foodproducer #gardeningaustralia #vegetablegarden #veggiegarden #organicgardenermagazine #greenthumb #homegrown #urbangarden #veggies #growyourownfood #growonyourbalcony #growfoodwhereyoulive #urbangardening#apartmentlife #permaculture #growyourownveggies #cityfarmer#urbanfarmer
VERY excited to discover Up_On_The_Rooftop featured in today's @humanswhogrowfood on Facebook Link is in my Bio. If you're not already following them on IG or FB you're missing out on seeing the stories and images from an extraordinary cross-section of farmers and growers from across the globe! 🌱 Growing the planet's growing community! 🌏 @greensmartpots_official @vegepod @gardeningwithangus . #humanswhogrowfood  #communityofgardeners  #permaculture  #gardenersworld  #grower  #foodproducer  #gardeningaustralia  #vegetablegarden  #veggiegarden  #organicgardenermagazine  #greenthumb  #homegrown  #urbangarden  #veggies  #growyourownfood  #growonyourbalcony  #growfoodwhereyoulive  #urbangardening #apartmentlife  #permaculture  #growyourownveggies  #cityfarmer #urbanfarmer 
A Balcony garden can provide a great many of the herbs and veggies needed in small quantities in recipes
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I'm still trying to shake a head cold... 6th week now, paleassse! Time to start dosing up on homemade, organic bone broth.
This handful of herbs and Celery stalks came straight from the Balcony into the stock pot. 
Goodness never tasted so good.
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#homemaderemedies #bonebroth #organicfood #healthfood #growyourownfood  #wintersoup #comfortfood #vegetablegarden #herbs #tonic #organicveggies #gardentotable #urbanfarming #homegrown #igrewthis #growonyourbalcony
A Balcony garden can provide a great many of the herbs and veggies needed in small quantities in recipes 🀧 I'm still trying to shake a head cold... 6th week now, paleassse! Time to start dosing up on homemade, organic bone broth. This handful of herbs and Celery stalks came straight from the Balcony into the stock pot. Goodness never tasted so good. . #homemaderemedies  #bonebroth  #organicfood  #healthfood  #growyourownfood  #wintersoup  #comfortfood  #vegetablegarden  #herbs  #tonic  #organicveggies  #gardentotable  #urbanfarming  #homegrown  #igrewthis  #growonyourbalcony 
ADVICE NEEDED  Dear Brainstrust,
Do you think it would help to encourage the growth of Mycorrhizal funghi in my soil Up_On_The_Rooftop if I chopped these beauties into the garden beds?
At best what could I expect? What could be the worst outcome?
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Is it dangerous to grow poisenous mushrooms near your edibles? πŸ„
(don't worry I am not eating these beautiful mushrooms)
Ps. Have done some more research and listened to the advice of gardening kin and these babies are going in the bin!!
"No mushroom presents more of an enigma than the fly agaric,Β Amanita muscaria. It is the most recognizable mushroom on the planet, and is widely known as the hallucinatory β€˜shroom responsible for Alice’s trip into Wonderland"
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@milkwood_permaculture?
@milkwood_nick? 
@jongardens?
@themicrogardener
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#funghi #mushrooms #Mycorrhiza #dangerous #poisenous #soilhealth #richsoil
ADVICE NEEDED Dear Brainstrust, Do you think it would help to encourage the growth of Mycorrhizal funghi in my soil Up_On_The_Rooftop if I chopped these beauties into the garden beds? At best what could I expect? What could be the worst outcome? πŸ„ Is it dangerous to grow poisenous mushrooms near your edibles? πŸ„ (don't worry I am not eating these beautiful mushrooms) Ps. Have done some more research and listened to the advice of gardening kin and these babies are going in the bin!! "No mushroom presents more of an enigma than the fly agaric,Β Amanita muscaria. It is the most recognizable mushroom on the planet, and is widely known as the hallucinatory β€˜shroom responsible for Alice’s trip into Wonderland" πŸ„ @milkwood_permaculture? @milkwood_nick? @jongardens? @themicrogardener . #funghi  #mushrooms  #Mycorrhiza  #dangerous  #poisenous  #soilhealth  #richsoil 
Urban field of mushrooms just across from my apartment block!
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Days of rain recently have clearly created perfect conditions for these gigantic beauties which I have never seen growing here before.
A break in the weather gave me a moment to check out the street for more leaves for the compost bags. 
Are these not totally mesmerising and stunningly perfect in design, colour and purpose?
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#mothernature #autumncolours
#sydneyautumn #fieldofmushrooms #urbanmushrooms #inyourcity #citylife #urbanfarming #funghi #beauty #queensbirthday #fairyhomes #mushrooms
Urban field of mushrooms just across from my apartment block! πŸ„ Days of rain recently have clearly created perfect conditions for these gigantic beauties which I have never seen growing here before. A break in the weather gave me a moment to check out the street for more leaves for the compost bags. Are these not totally mesmerising and stunningly perfect in design, colour and purpose? . #mothernature  #autumncolours  #sydneyautumn  #fieldofmushrooms  #urbanmushrooms  #inyourcity  #citylife  #urbanfarming  #funghi  #beauty  #queensbirthday  #fairyhomes  #mushrooms 
The Balcony contributed fresh Peas, Silverbeet, dried Berlotti Beans, Parsley and Celery to tonight's soup.
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How good is it to grow your own food, even a small amount of it?
My carrots have not come through yet and as I chopped the store-bought, non-organic root veges, I wondered where they had come from, what sprays they'd been doused in and how long they had been in cold store before reaching my kitchen bench.
Conversely, the home-grown elements came from my soil, my compost, my toil.
From my organic garden to my  table!
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#organic #organicgardenermag #freshisbest #gardentotable #knowwhereyourfoodcomesfrom #eatyourgreens #hardworkpaysoffs #permacultureonabalcony #sustainableliving #tryinghard #vegetablegarden #urbanfarming #organicgardenermag #gardeningaustralia #adownsizedlife #permaculture #cityfarmer #urbanfarmer #containergardening
The Balcony contributed fresh Peas, Silverbeet, dried Berlotti Beans, Parsley and Celery to tonight's soup. πŸ‘ πŸ‘ How good is it to grow your own food, even a small amount of it? My carrots have not come through yet and as I chopped the store-bought, non-organic root veges, I wondered where they had come from, what sprays they'd been doused in and how long they had been in cold store before reaching my kitchen bench. Conversely, the home-grown elements came from my soil, my compost, my toil. From my organic garden to my table! . . #organic  #organicgardenermag  #freshisbest  #gardentotable  #knowwhereyourfoodcomesfrom  #eatyourgreens  #hardworkpaysoffs  #permacultureonabalcony  #sustainableliving  #tryinghard  #vegetablegarden  #urbanfarming  #organicgardenermag  #gardeningaustralia  #adownsizedlife  #permaculture  #cityfarmer  #urbanfarmer  #containergardening 
Balcony Peas!
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My first clutch of Greenfeast Peas grown in a container!
Breaking open the first ever pod was like opening a Christmas present - so much anticipation, excitement and joy... only another gardener knows that crazy thrill!
I'm hoping that another crop of peas and beans that I planted in one of the raised garden beds would push on a bit faster as I don't have quite enough for a full meal and definitely not enough to share.
We've had significant rain over the past few days and everything seems to have grown overnight!
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#peas #greensmartpot #legumes #igrewthis #growyourownfood
#gardentotable
#organicgrowing #nochemicals #organicveggies #vegetablegarden #sustainableliving #permaculture #ediblegarden
Balcony Peas! πŸ˜€ My first clutch of Greenfeast Peas grown in a container! Breaking open the first ever pod was like opening a Christmas present - so much anticipation, excitement and joy... only another gardener knows that crazy thrill! I'm hoping that another crop of peas and beans that I planted in one of the raised garden beds would push on a bit faster as I don't have quite enough for a full meal and definitely not enough to share. We've had significant rain over the past few days and everything seems to have grown overnight! . . . . #peas  #greensmartpot  #legumes  #igrewthis  #growyourownfood  #gardentotable  #organicgrowing  #nochemicals  #organicveggies  #vegetablegarden  #sustainableliving  #permaculture  #ediblegarden 
Balcony Daikon!
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Fingers crossed that these will develop the tasty roots  for pickles and steamed radish cakes that my mother used to make.
I'm not sure that I have them growing  in enough direct  sun so I could be facing a failed crop but I have more seedlings coming along which I'll plant in pots on the sunny side of the balcony.
Ps. Are the leafy tops edible? If so, how would you use them?
(Always learning Up_On_The_Rooftop!)
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#daikonradish
#tsukemono
#pickledvegetables #fermentedfoods #probiotic #asianvegetables #raisedbeds #containergarden #gardentotable #permaculture #organic #vegetablegarden
Balcony Daikon! 🀞 Fingers crossed that these will develop the tasty roots for pickles and steamed radish cakes that my mother used to make. I'm not sure that I have them growing in enough direct sun so I could be facing a failed crop but I have more seedlings coming along which I'll plant in pots on the sunny side of the balcony. Ps. Are the leafy tops edible? If so, how would you use them? (Always learning Up_On_The_Rooftop!) . #daikonradish  #tsukemono  #pickledvegetables  #fermentedfoods  #probiotic  #asianvegetables  #raisedbeds  #containergarden  #gardentotable  #permaculture  #organic  #vegetablegarden 
Balcony fertiliser straight from the worm bin!
Every couple of weeks  a small bucket of leachate from the two @hungrybin is collected and diluted with water to nourish the plants or just thrown into the soil to add to the rich microbiome of the soil.
What an amazingly simple composting method that provides such rich reward.
Scraps saved from landfill go into the two bins of worms which convert that waste to the most precious poop and wee.
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Nature provides such a plethora of processes to sustain itself!
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#compostworms #hungrybin #leachate #nosprays #fertilser #natural #growyourownveggies #naturesown #veggiegarden #ediblegarden #organic #growsomethinggreen #growyourownfood #vegetablegarden #balconygarden #containergarden #gardentotable  #smallspacegardening #farmer
#urbanorganicgardener #permaculture
Balcony fertiliser straight from the worm bin! Every couple of weeks a small bucket of leachate from the two @hungrybin is collected and diluted with water to nourish the plants or just thrown into the soil to add to the rich microbiome of the soil. What an amazingly simple composting method that provides such rich reward. Scraps saved from landfill go into the two bins of worms which convert that waste to the most precious poop and wee. β™» Nature provides such a plethora of processes to sustain itself! . #compostworms  #hungrybin  #leachate  #nosprays  #fertilser  #natural  #growyourownveggies  #naturesown  #veggiegarden  #ediblegarden  #organic  #growsomethinggreen  #growyourownfood  #vegetablegarden  #balconygarden  #containergarden  #gardentotable  #smallspacegardening  #farmer  #urbanorganicgardener  #permaculture 
The Balcony "orchard" has produced beyond my expectation in the last six months. Granted, my expectation was fairly low, but I think I am making headway with understanding what the needs are of these incredibly generous fruiting trees.
This Lime tree was looking so poorly last year from neglect, and it's quite challenging to know what to feed a potted plant to revive it but the heavy feeding given in Summer must have been what it craved. βœ… 
Next project in the Balcony Orchard will be refreshing the soil in a few of the older containers.
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#containergardening #rooftopgarden #gardensofinstagram #growyourownfood#growonyourbalcony #citrustrees #limes #alwayslearning #orchard #fruittrees #sydneywinter #wintergarden #permaculture #organicgarden #nosprays
The Balcony "orchard" has produced beyond my expectation in the last six months. Granted, my expectation was fairly low, but I think I am making headway with understanding what the needs are of these incredibly generous fruiting trees. This Lime tree was looking so poorly last year from neglect, and it's quite challenging to know what to feed a potted plant to revive it but the heavy feeding given in Summer must have been what it craved. βœ… Next project in the Balcony Orchard will be refreshing the soil in a few of the older containers. . #containergardening  #rooftopgarden  #gardensofinstagram  #growyourownfood #growonyourbalcony  #citrustrees  #limes  #alwayslearning  #orchard  #fruittrees  #sydneywinter  #wintergarden  #permaculture  #organicgarden  #nosprays 
Balcony bandit!
Such a pretty moth could easily fool the unsuspecting gardener into thinking it was a welcome visitor.
I've now rigged up some netting over the Brassicas; it's a little unsightly but last year's container crop of πŸ₯¦ was decimated by the ensuing grubs and I'd like to give them another go this season.
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#gardenpest #cabbagemoth #growyourownfood #pestprevention #sopretty #organicpestmanagement #nosprays #organicgarden #goaway #sydneywinter
Balcony remnants of Summer!
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It's Winter for crying out loud and I've still got tomatoes growing... outdoors... in the balcony garden!
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Tonight's meal was homemade Tomato sauce with fresh homegrown Parsley.
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As wonderful as it was to have such ingredients straight from the garden, I am greatly concerned that the growing seasons are topsy turvy. What are the ramifications for the ecosystem of my balcony when growing patterns change?
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As unseasonal as it was, it was delicious. Nothing beats garden-to-table!
You can grow on your balcony... and eat it too πŸ˜‹
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#sydneywinter #tomatoes #gardentotable #gardentoplate #vegetablegarden #freshisbest #organicfood #climatechange #balconygarden #thehappygardeninglife #urbanfarmer #urbanagriculture #growinginthecity #vegetablegarden #cleaneating
#permaculture#organicgardening
Balcony remnants of Summer! πŸ… It's Winter for crying out loud and I've still got tomatoes growing... outdoors... in the balcony garden! πŸ… Tonight's meal was homemade Tomato sauce with fresh homegrown Parsley. πŸ… As wonderful as it was to have such ingredients straight from the garden, I am greatly concerned that the growing seasons are topsy turvy. What are the ramifications for the ecosystem of my balcony when growing patterns change? πŸ… As unseasonal as it was, it was delicious. Nothing beats garden-to-table! You can grow on your balcony... and eat it too πŸ˜‹ . #sydneywinter  #tomatoes  #gardentotable  #gardentoplate  #vegetablegarden  #freshisbest  #organicfood  #climatechange  #balconygarden  #thehappygardeninglife  #urbanfarmer  #urbanagriculture  #growinginthecity  #vegetablegarden  #cleaneating  #permaculture #organicgardening