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Towards Balcony Sustainability Despite Restrictions on Permanence
Towards Balcony Sustainability Despite Restrictions on Permanence
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Commenced:
01/04/2012
Submitted:
07/04/2012
Last updated:
07/10/2015
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Toyonaka, Osaka, JP
Climate zone:
Warm Temperate





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Winter 2013: One Year In...

Project: Towards Balcony Sustainability Despite Restrictions on Permanence

Posted by James R. Diegel over 7 years ago

Winter Greens, Dinosaur Birds, & the Plight of the Urban Homestead...

Well, its been about a year since the project began and a lot has changed... First the good... winter greens for almost the entire winter has been a success... Lettuce, kale, mizuna and other Asian greens, and even a few citrus (sudachi, mikan, kinkan) not to mention the odd success with chard, cold weather herbs, and larger broccoli and cauliflower... Now the ugly (while, more out of character than sight)... dinosaur birds... Now I like birds... especially the little ones in the winter... but these are just plain killin me... I like to save the good lettuce for the salad and use the others as additions to sandwich and other dishes... they however picked that clean... when it was gone on to the kale... I covered the kale... then to strip the leaves off the broccoli... just cant keep ahead of them... put some net up but cant figure out if it works or not... want the small birds that eat the insects in and the big ones that eat my greens out... not sure if that is possible or not yet as the big ones are even gettin under my insect barrier cloth... might have to exclude them all... makin' a mess with their flappin... the urban garden on a balcony is much too small for that... especially considering they are fatter than me...

Other things in the works however that I am kinda excited about... gonna try to convert the draft for the aircon/heater into a cold storage for winter and a dehydration unit in summer... got some ideas for a big vertical expansion onto a trellis system this summer... soil from bokashi and worms looking great and seems to be holding tons of water... and finally I got an idea as to what to do with the other side (i.e. a secular built in garden made from old wine boxes)... pineapple and avacado coming along nicely in the sunny window... and self watering containers holding up nicely in the non rainy parts... only a couple things not figured out... that being the water collection system (keep rewriting the plan) and the barrier to keep out the leaf muncher dinosaur birds...

The updates at the bottom show the general layout of what for the most part has seemed to be best... the white boxes are all reclaimed and converted into self water planters... the rest is pretty much what you see (without the ability to view the sprouts that pop up little by little from the hand full of seeds I broadcast biweekly or so)... More to come soon and hopefully next time with some more specific detail on the makeup of plants, soil, and system itself...

 

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James R. Diegel
James R. Diegel : Bird dome netting in the works with bamboo bracing... so excited about it I'm trying to put it together in the dark... Oh my...
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Ute Bohnsack
Ute Bohnsack : Nice set-up. Great use of a small space. I really like the horizontal bamboo planters.
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James R. Diegel
James R. Diegel : Thanks... unfortunately the bamboo planters have seen better days... in order to be truly effective I think that they need to have a constant source of water for siphon ability... that will be in the works this year...
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