Northern Exposure

Triumphs and failures on a window ledge.

Micro Management June 23, 2009

Filed under: Colour,Flower,pests,Summer,Weekend Work — northernwindowgardener @ 7:00 am
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Miniature GardenBecause my garden is constantly within reach and the maximum amount of effort required to get to it is the strength to open a window, there’s a great temptation to interfere with mother nature.

As I have a minor aphid problem that’s normally how it starts. I’ll look at the plants to see how everything is doing then I’ll notice some aphids hiding like a column of camouflaged squaddies out on patrol.

The brachycome and verbena are particularly prone to this and once you find one group it’s only a matter of time before others become apparent, hiding under leaves and making their headquarters near the base.

With those taken care of a bit of deadheading looks like a good idea. Then you notice that the aster is being overrun by the petunia so a bit of rearranging sorts that out. Then the geranium seems to be producing lots more leaves and you’ve read that pinching those out can help the plant strengthen and so produce more flowers so you do that.

And before you know it you’ve spent an hour going round the various window boxes, repeating the actions and generally trying to improve on nature. It’s at this point that you think maybe just sitting down with a nice cup of tea and letting the plants do their own thing (which is what they’ll do anyway) is probably a better idea – well, maybe I’ll just get rid of those aphids first… and untangle those nasturtiums …

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2 Responses to “Micro Management”

  1. Flighty Says:

    If that was me I’d of made a cup of tea then started pottering only to find it cold an hour later! Gardeners always find something to do even when there isn’t really anything to do! I suppose that we all have itchy green fingers!

  2. I have a similar habit of boiling the kettle multiple times and then getting caught up with something and having to boil it again, then repeat! The aphids seems to have passed and I’m on to watching for caterpillars now – plenty of evidence of their visits but finding them it a bit more difficult.


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