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Growing Your Own: Beginners and Balcony Gardeners

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Here are a few useful tips to growing your own fresh organic food when you are low on space, time and gardening know-how.

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Past Member (0)
Saturday December 15, 2012, 8:32 am
Thanks for sharing.

Past Member (0)
Saturday December 15, 2012, 11:28 am
Beautiful and brilliant ideas I hope that I have land for agriculture thanks,noted.

Anneke Hut (40)
Saturday December 15, 2012, 1:29 pm
Thank you for this article, Kathy! Very interesting.

Michael O (176)
Saturday December 15, 2012, 3:50 pm
Thanks for the tips, Kathy! I just have a balcony to work with, but I have had a lot of success this past year with a couple of cherry tomato plants, not too mention some carrots and green peppers.

Lindsay K (6)
Sunday December 16, 2012, 6:35 am
Looks great - thanks

Gloria picchetti (304)
Sunday December 16, 2012, 6:48 am
Last time we had a balcony we had beautiful flowers with lot's of morning glories!

aj E (164)
Sunday December 16, 2012, 7:28 am

Kath P (9)
Sunday December 16, 2012, 8:45 am
I put in a kitchen garden 5 years ago and haven't regretted one minute of it. The produce is fresh, organic and varied. To create it I dug 2 feet down into clay soil, removed rocks and discarded building junk from when the suburb was built. I then built some wooden frames and filled in the void with top soil, manure and some sand. The sand was important to break up the clay. I then used metal fencing rods and metal cement panels to create trellis's....very inexpensive and permanent.

Christeen A (368)
Sunday December 16, 2012, 1:31 pm
Thanks for sharing these tips. Years ago I had a wonderful garden on my balcony where I grew several types of vegetables.

Shelly P (5)
Sunday December 16, 2012, 2:48 pm
Wonderful tips! Thanks for the post!

janet f (29)
Sunday December 16, 2012, 4:28 pm
I have a terrace and would love to try some of these ideas.

Sylvie Bermannova (42)
Sunday December 16, 2012, 6:39 pm
Thank you for this interesting and useful read.

reft h (66)
Sunday December 16, 2012, 10:39 pm
I hope you post a similar srticle in the spring when my balcony isn't frozen over.

Heidi Aubrey (16)
Monday December 17, 2012, 8:03 pm
3 Important tips. You must have 6-8 hours of sun exposure. The very easiest of the easiest plants to grow are tomatoes and Basil. Basil actually simply likes bright daylight vs direct sunlight. But both of these grow completely by themselves. Good soil is a must though and of course water. It is recommended to feed your tomatoes every 6 weeks, but this was my first time planting(past summer) and I didn't know to and I had a bumber crop of tomatoes. You do need to provide a support trellis or frame for the tomatoes when you first plant them. I found that out too late, the mature branches were drooping all over the place and nearly touching the ground.

James Merit (144)
Monday December 17, 2012, 8:05 pm
Good ideas, thank you.

Zoe F. (0)
Tuesday December 18, 2012, 12:08 pm
very interesting

Missy G (24)
Wednesday December 19, 2012, 9:21 am
Will definitely try

Gvapo T (22)
Thursday December 20, 2012, 3:49 am
so you are visiting permaculturenews as well kathy ;)
there is more of us ;)
thanks and good planting ;)
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