Daryl the building concierge has been looking after the balcony while we have been away (aren't I lucky?)
And I've come home to a fabulous crop of potatoes, beetroot and runner beans.
The beans are a heirloom mix of purple, striped and green
My two potato bags yielded about 4 kgs of desiree, symphonia, banana and royal blue. I roasted them up with some sea salt, rosemary and a little duck fat (it was a celebration afterall).
Easily the most delicious spuds I've tasted and definitely the freshest.
Given how easy they were to grow with no pest problems and the high yield, I'll be putting in several bags again next year.
All the other balcony tenants are faring well with the recent rain and summer burst.
It's a little late but I'm putting in some tomatoes and basil tomorrow. They should be ready to harvest at the end of January.
The nasturtiums are loving the sun...
And some lemon fruit are appearing..
The garlic should be ready in time for Christmas dinner.
As I sit back in my deckchair sipping a G&T, and munching on a crispy roast potato I realise an edible balcony certainly has its rewards.