The couple hours I spent out there later in the day were much more intentional. I had a wonderful time at the local plant nursery and came back with herbs, tomato plants, soil and a mini trowel and rake set. I now have both yellow and red cherry tomatoes, lavender, cilantro, basil and chocolate mint settling into bigger pots out there. It looks a little meager at the moment (even with my hours of work!) but I hope they will all grow and spread. I'm also rooting some coleus cuttings indoors to add more color to the balcony. I know the tomatoes will need much bigger pots pretty soon, but for now at least it's better than keeping them in tiny six-packs.
Since then I've planted morning glories and moonflowers, beets and radishes, and zucchini and watermelons. The watermelons are sort of a joke, but it would be cool if they worked out. I need to make another trip to get soil and maybe another long planter for sweet peas and lettuce. It's an ambitious project, but it's nice to have plants out there.