For now though, I have my little balcony.
|This is in the pot with my sticks and twinkle lights. It should grow and fall over the edge of the pot, and have purple flowers.|
|Lettuce! So pretty and easy. Also, tasty.|
|Basil, rosemary, and thyme. Plus a pot of pansies, which you can see a tiny bit of in the back.|
And the best part? I filled the pots of my new plants with soil from my compost bin! Throughout last summer, I filled my bin, a large tupper wear container with drilled holes in the side, with produce scraps, coffee grounds, tea bags, leaves from outside my apartment, and the ends of big bags of soil I bought. I used a broom handle to stir it up every once in a while. Once fall came, I pretty much forgot about it until last week, when I opened it up to find a bin filled with beautiful dirt!
I never had problems with bugs or smells, and while I kept smelling the soil expecting something to be "wrong" with it, I smelled nothing but the earthy smell of good ol' dirt! I plan on finishing off the current bin of soil with more planting over the next month or so, and then starting some new compost when it's gone. I might even add in some worms, which I've heard can speed up the process of compost becoming soil.