Beastie Balcony Garden Rescue!

Hello everyone! Wow, it’s definitely starting to feel a little autumnal out there… I’d better start knitting faster to make sure the Beasties and I have enough woollies to see us through the cooler days that are coming! And before the weather turns, I also thought it might be a good idea to sort out my sad and unruly balcony garden.

I thought. I didn’t actually do anything.
Sad Balcony Garden - CrawCrafts BeastiesRegular BeastieBlog readers may remember that we bumped into Gardener Beastie at the Botanic Gardens a couple of weeks ago.
Explorer Beastie with Gardener Beastie - CrawCrafts BeastiesClearly embarrassed by the state of our little patch of urban green space, Explorer Beastie must have made a call… Because yesterday morning, as I sat down at my craft table, I overheard this…

Balcony Garden Appraisal - CrawCrafts Beasties“Wow, there’s a lot to do here, isn’t there?”

And then,

“Did you say there was a human around somewhere who could help?”

Ears burning, I made the mistake of stepping out onto the balcony.
Roped in! CrawCrafts Beasties“Yes! Here she is now!”

So much for sitting back and letting the Beasties sort it out! It’s lucky I had my old clothes on, because the rest of my day was looking a bit like this:

Beasties in Charge - CrawCrafts Beasties
Lifted from

Explorer Beastie and I started with some weeding…
Weeding the Balcony Garden - CrawCrafts Beasties… While Gardener Beastie planned our next move.
Gardener Beastie Plans Ahead - Balcony Garden - CrawCrafts BeastiesAs the only one with hands big enough to manage the secateurs, I was on pruning duty.
Pruning Duty - Balcony Garden - CrawCrafts BeastiesThese chives might even bounce back if we trim away the dead flower heads and repot the rest.
Saving Chives - CrawCrafts BeastiesBut some things in the balcony garden were very much alive.

“These strawberry runners can all go into pots to become new plants!”
Strawberry runners - Balcony Garden - CrawCrafts BeastiesAnd to make sure the wind doesn’t blow the baby plants out of their pots before they have a chance to grow real roots, we put some of the squillions of wire twisty ties that come free with any electronics purchase to use.

“Bend each one into an arch, and pin the plant to the soil. That’ll keep them in place!”

Thanks, Gardener Beastie!

Now, what can we do with this big pot, which I found down by the recycling bins earlier? (How lucky!)
A New(ish) Pot for the Balcony Garden - CrawCrafts Beasties“How about pairing up one of the little trees with some cyclamen? Cyclamen loves shade and doesn’t take much from the soil… Should work out nicely!”

Tree and Cyclamen - CrawCrafts Beasties
So, I moved the two plants in together, and added another cyclamen from indoors that seemed to be finding it a bit warm. I also discovered some seeds in the pot with the white-flowered plant, which I spread around over the extra “blank space” in the new container.

Are we done now? Not quite.

“Is there anything in here?”
“Ohhh, yes! This basket has bulbs in it! They still flower every spring, no matter what the weather’s doing…”
What's in the Basket - CrawCrafts Beasties“…But the basket might have seen better days.”

“Okay! Let’s get them out of there…”
Repotting Bulbs - CrawCrafts Beasties“… And into something bigger. You should have a great display to look forward to this spring!”

And speaking of the future…

“Don’t forget to pick those up and plant them! They’re nasturtium seeds. Nasturtiums mean free salad leaves for you, and a feast for your local bees too!”
Free Nasturtiums! CrawCrafts BeastiesAnd now we’re finished!
Balcony Garden, All Done! - CrawCrafts Beasties“Much better. Time for a cup of tea!”

Oh yes, I think we’ve earned it!

If you’ve any extra garden tips and tricks, please share them with us in the comments… And I’ll send Explorer Beastie outside to put them into action.

We’ll be back next Tuesday to catch up with Paddy and Plunkett, so be sure to join us then!

Gardener Beastie, meet Explorer Beastie! CrawCrafts Beasties

Botanic Beasties 2 – Back to the Gardens!

Hello Beastie friends! Wow, is it really Tuesday again already? How about we kick off this week with a continuing tour of Dublin’s Botanic Gardens, then? And don’t worry if you missed the first part last week, you can catch up here!

After encountering a very busy BumbleBeastie last time…
Beasties in the Botanic Gardens - CrawCrafts Beasties… Explorer Beastie strolled off to see if there might be any other Beasties about.
Strolling through the Botanic Gardens - CrawCrafts BeastiesHe didn’t have to go far… There’s one!
Gardener Beastie in the Botanic Gardens, Dubin - CrawCrafts BeastiesHey there, Gardener Beastie!
Gardener Beastie, meet Explorer Beastie! CrawCrafts Beasties

This little horticultural monster is super-busy keeping all the beautiful seasonal plantings in order… But there’s still time to pose for a quick photo!
Explorer Beastie with Gardener Beastie - CrawCrafts BeastiesAnd we got a special guided tour of the displays, too. There’s plenty of floral colour everywhere for visitors to enjoy!
Floral Colours at the Botanic Gardens - CrawCrafts BeastiesVisitors of all sizes.
Red Admiral Butterfly at Dublin's Botanic Gardens - CrawCrafts BeastiesAnd just as we were about to leave, Explorer Beastie spotted a familar face. Look who’s hanging out in the hanging baskets!
BumbleBeastie in the Hanging Baskets - Botanic Gardens - CrawCrafts Beasties
Nice to see you again, BumbleBeastie! Maybe we’ll bump into each other again on a future visit to the Botanic Gardens?

And speaking of the future, join us next Tuesday to meet another new Beastie! See you then…