Spring’s Here September 2014: Getting Back Into City Gardening, Australia!

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If there’s one thing that sucks about living in a concrete jungle, it’s the lack of garden space. Unless you’re filthy rich and live on one of the old estates, you’re going to be pretty limited with what you can do with your garden, or even more daunting is if you don’t have a garden at all… even so, not all hope is lost.

As basic as it may be, just think of the fresh veggies, herbs and the aromas in your new garden.

As basic as it may be, just think of the fresh veggies, herbs and the aromas in your new garden.

Living in without a garden doesn’t mean you can’t cultivate your own produce. Not only will you end up with a great looking balcony, you’ll enjoy the benefits of gardening as well.

Did you know that soil has a friendly bacterium that increases serotonin in the brain! This can improve your mood, ease your stress and promote a stronger immune system.

Recycling plastic bottles is a cheap and easy way to make planters, with a little imagination, you can produce quite a display. There's no excuse.

Recycling plastic bottles is a cheap and easy way to make planters, with a little imagination, you can produce quite a display. There’s no excuse.

1. Step outside
Before you start, spend some time outside. Realistically assess your ‘plot’ position – is it sunny all day, shady and cool, windy, in the direct face of southerly winds? This will help you choose the best plants to plant.

2. Create a wind-break
High-rise balconies – even if they’re only one or two floors above ground – are often affected by wind. And if there’s a sea view, those breezes will be salty. If possible, erect a wind break using a trellis with a tough climber. Plant in heavy pots that won’t blow over, and give regular water to counteract the drying effect of the breezes.

3. Sun or shade?
Balcony gardens usually get light from only one direction – work out the aspect and plant accordingly. The ideal is north or north-east facing. If you’re lucky enough to face this way, most plants will grow. East and south-facing balconies need shade tolerant plants. If you’ve got a west-facing balcony, go for tough heat and sun-tolerant plants like rosemary, carrots and pumpkins.

4. Maximize your space
You mightn’t have an extensive acreage, but there’s no reason you can’t maximize the vertical space on a balcony. Use hanging baskets and pots (could be time to unleash that secret love of macramé), as well as benches – with the sun-loving plants on top and the shady ones underneath.

5. Get composting
If you’ve got room, a small worm farm on your balcony not only diverts your organic waste from landfill, it also produces wonderful food for your plants. There are also small bench top composting bins available for lovely little spaces.

6. Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme
Herbs don’t require much space and if you’re keen on starting an edible garden, they’re often the best way to begin. Simon & Garfunkel knew what they were talking about.

7. Time for fruit and veggies
veggies such as garlic, tomatoes and carrots can grow in pots, and you can try snow peas and beans on a trellis. There are also dwarf varieties of citrus, and smaller fruit trees such as kumquat that not only look beautiful, but are perfect for a mean marmalade.

8. Balcony buddies
Companion planting can really help in keeping pests at bay. Marigolds have an offensive smell for most bugs, nasturtiums protect strawberries, and organic spray repellents such as garlic oil can keep away the nasties.

9. A little love
All gardens need a little regular love. It’s a matter of keeping an eye on those pests and acting before there’s an infestation, using organic plant food and of course, regular watering. One of the advantages of balcony gardening is that there’s often a lot less you need to do than you would in a bigger patch – just a few minutes a day can result in a whole lot of goodness.

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I cam across another great site with the following tips on growing in pots. You’ll find the link below.

Marie Viljoen’s Top 10 Tips for Growing an Urban Balcony Garden:

"Everything I grow is in a pot, with the exception of the naturalized herbs and violets that are coming up in the gravel I put down to cover the ugly, pressure-treated deck floor," says Viljoen.

“Everything I grow is in a pot, with the exception of the naturalized herbs and violets that are coming up in the gravel I put down to cover the ugly, pressure-treated deck floor,” says Viljoen.

Use a high-quality organic potting soil and augment it with compost.
Layer plants that bloom at different times on top of one another in containers—and fertilize once a month.
If your terrace is sturdy enough to support the weight, cover the floor with filter fabric and a shallow layer of gravel so plants can self-sow and naturalize.
Study how sunlight moves across the space over the course of a day and cluster your containers—sun lovers vs. woodland plants—in areas where they will thrive.
Clustering pots makes it easier to water plants efficiently. Most containers will dry out and need water every day; during a heat wave, water twice a day.
Make your peace with pests. If squirrels dig up a pot in the course of burying an acorn, be happy you’ve created a wildlife habitat in the city.
Plant a pollinators’ favorites to attract bees and butterflies. “It’s lovely to see them up here,” says Viljoen.
Herbs are the easiest edibles to grow in containers.
Some fruits also are surprisingly easy to grow in containers too: blueberries, for instance, and currants. “A lot of people are surprised by the success of my fig tree,” says Viljoen.
Vines and fast-growing climbers are good for a small space because they will lend vertical interest quickly.

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So why not get out there, get a little dirty in the garden and relax this Stress Down Day.

Cheers guys, happy harvest!.

Am I Worthy: Depression: Hitting Where It Hurts.

Am I worthy? Do I even deserve to be happy? Why would they care? Why would I even matter to anyone. I am nothing.

Depression, it constantly tests our self-worth, the value we place on ourselves over others, or the lack of it to be more precise. It can feel like a dark lonely path at times, where no matter where we look, there are only dark shadows that fill us with fear of the outside world, that only we can see.. It’s almost impossible to explain, even to those feeling it… I’ve tried all that positive thinking, the “fooling oneself into happiness” I’ve even tried convincing myself I’m better off being a loner.. But, I feel lost, alone…  I feel incomplete.

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THE PAIN, THE DARKNESS: Poetry: Darryl Mouzone

It’s what I deserve
As the darkness consumes me
As I scream for a rescue that will never come
But it’s my fault, I brought myself here
And this is my eternal punishment
But I brought it all upon myself
And I have no one to blame but me
It hurts so much, the painful truth
But I deserve this, the darkness is my home
There is no way out
The king of a lonely world where I can’t be touched
Because everything I touch turns to ruin
It’s poisoned by the darkness I hold
So I can’t be loved
Although I want to be
This curse I live with will never go away
And I wish I could touch the sun
Feel its warmth
But I never will
I’m sorry for what I have become
But I never wanted this to happen
It’s too late for me, the darkness is here forever
And so is the pain that comes along with it
But I’m used to it now, because it’s what I deserve
As I silently mourn the death of the light inside
The darkness has consumed me
The darkness has consumed me.

-2014 Darryl Mouzone

i deserve to suffer

 

Looking for… Life

I need to get away from social media for a while. I need to clear my head of the past and present for just a little while. Maybe somethings should be left where they were found, maybe not. I need to breathe that fresh air into my lungs again and clear my mind of all thoughts and find myself.

you gotta stay silent

Hi Darren,
You have deactivated your Facebook account. You can reactivate your account at any time by logging into Facebook using your old login email and password. You will be able to use the site like you used to.

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Blogging And Mental Illness: Getting Shit Off Your Chest

It’s probably seen as risky business blogging your life away while trying to manage depression, anxiety and what not.. and it is. I know I’ve shown a lot of emotion on this blog, some not so nice. I’ve lost and gained friends, I’ve even connected with people experiencing similar situations or who are offering advice. So to me, it all even’s itself out in that respect.

It takes a lot of pushing for me to fire up, but I know once I do I often let all pistons fire at once and sometimes regret things I’ve said. This part of blogging I don’t like, because it’s all too easy to just let your anger fly and hit enter and before you even realise what you’ve done, it’s splashed over several social media sites, thousands of subscribers and then more. I really have to keep that part of me in line, or better still, keep away from the people who bring that side of me out in the open. I really am a nice guy. 😀

Am I emotionally unstable? fuck yeah, but I’ve never hidden that fact to anyone, sometimes it’s even not by choice. I’m learning to accept who I am more everyday, I don’t always like it, but I’m beginning to understand people more and more.

I still believe I’m broken/lost, I just feel I’m wandering around in a fucked up world of hate, corruption and disregard to human life. This is not where I belong.

Anyway, that’s enough rambling for today.

/Peace out!

Dazz.

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To Love You: Poetry: AfterDark

When I look into your eyes
I will melt
And I will smile
And if my heart has not fainted
It will beat
Loud
And you will see
What it looks like to be in love with you
You will see stars in my eyes
Hear excitement in my voice
Passion in my breath
Feel the goosebumps on my flesh
Hear the music of blood rushing through my veins
The movement of my lips
Saying your name
And you will know
How it feels
To be in the arms
Of someone
Who loves you more
Than any person has ever been loved

look at me loving you

I Am Free To Be Me, And I’m Quite Awesome..

I ventured out this weekend for the first time in many years (5? 6??) and met up with an old friend from my younger days. We talked for hours on end and I felt that relaxed that I had forgotten all about my teeth and the now “slight lisp”.. My speech was improving by the minute.

I’m so happy to have met up with someone I knew would still take me at face value as they always had. I can’t thank you enough for helping me over step this hurdle just by being there. I look forward to many more to come.

I Am Free To Be Me!
and I’m quite awesome..

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To top off a great weekend, I had my Daughter, Bianca randomly call around this afternoon and kicked back with me for a few hours. We just kicked back on my bed chatting and listening to music. I felt a real connection with her today, it was great!.. Yes, she is whacked like me.. lol.

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Life’s sure on the turn around, thinking less of the recent stress, learning to ignore the tantrums and demands of knowing what I’m doing. I think I’m becoming a better person for it. I believe we have a lesson with each life experience. I know mine was to believe that I can be loved for who I am. Because, if I don’t think I’m worthy of love, there’s no way I will believe that someone else can generally give me theirs. I had basically been taught how I acted in passed relationships. Delusional… But, it’s all so easy to let ones mind…… wander into the abyss..

Till next time..

Dazz.

My Heart, It Still Beats: Poetry: DirtyDazz

My Heart,

It Still Beats,

As I Pick It Off The Floor.

Putting Back

The Broken Piece,

Dusting Off

What Is No More.

 

A Gentle Warmth

Begins Filling My Soul,

As I place It Back In

To Its Fragile Hold.

 

My Heart,

It Still Beats,

And Lets Out A Mighty Roar,

I Am Free,

I Am Me

And We Shall Love Life, Even More.

-DirtyDazz 2/08/2014

my heart it still beats