Update: Patio Garden

You win some and you lose some. An appropriate line for this post, as you will soon find out. It has been about two weeks since I posted about my tiny patio garden, and I know you all are DYING for an update. Well, I think I’ll just let these pictures speak for themselves.

Peppers and basil are looking great!

The pepper and basil plants are growing rapidly, and seem to like their situation. Unlike the tomato plant below, which has developed white spots all over the lower leaves, which I think are mildew? Whatever it is, I don’t think there will be many tomatoes in my future, at least from this plant. I thought I did everything in my ability to make sure it received as much sunlight, fertilizer and water as I could supply. If anyone knows what is going on, I beg of you to post in the comments. HELP!

What is that white stuff on my tomato plant?! :O

Here is the saddest part of this update. Remember that beautiful purple flowering plant?

It got the plague.

Half of it bit the dust one day, deciding it was time to move on. I’m currently devastated about this, because as you guys know, it was my favorite. Also, I think the second half of the plant is starting to die off too. Who knew a few potted plants would be so difficult to keep alive?? The plant was treated to the same amount of water, plant food, and sun light.

Oh the sun!

Have you heard of “May Gray” and “June Gloom” before? Well, I heard about June gloom which makes the southern California coast’s sky dark and dreary for most of June, but I did not know about May. Basically, only shade loving plants will survive here in May and June. Next year, I will grow more shade-loving plants during these months.

My green thumb at work – HA!

Well, we live and learn from our mistakes, right? If you have any idea what might have  been going on with my plants, please feel free to diagnose the problem in the comments, or supply some tips for me.

Until next time, may your garden be greener than mine!


  1. Anutie

    I believe you’ve diagnosed the tomato plant accurately. Does the tomato have good air circulation in your patio?

    Once you understand the microclimate that is your unique patio, you’ll be well on your way mixing and matching herbs, veggies, and color.

    A couple of song birds have taken to my balcony garden the past month. Their sweet song is worth the occasional droppings.

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    1. hannahmondo

      That’s a great tip, thank you! I’ll pay more attention to the air circulation this week. I might need to raise it up off the ground, so the plant can receive more of the coastal breeze.

      I love the fact that you have attracted birds to your balcony garden, I hope to do the same in due time.


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