Non-political Gardening Question

Everyone,

I am asking for some help today about gardening. I get from here that there are a lot of people here that do some gardening, thus why I am asking it. The problem is that I live in an appartment and do not have access to land to garden on. I do however have a balcony that I could grow some stuff on. I was thinking maybe a Tomato plant or two, but I was wondering if anyone else had any ideas about way for me to get a little home grown into my life.

Thanks.

CM

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Parsley

and other herbs (legal of course) are easy and very rewarding.

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Earth Box for a compact garden that's also easy to tend. good luck.
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It's also great

to have fresh lettuce. I have had success in the Spring and Fall when temps are't too hot buying the living lettuce, usually Boston, using the outer leaves and then planting the rest of the hydroponic plug in some potting soil. It will keep growing and you can keep picking fresh lettuce for a long time.

Plant a few pots with peppers, and herbs

along with those tomatoes. Make it a theme garden, like spaghetti or salsa. Also, climbers like cucumbers do well on balconies. just provide them plenty of light, fertilizer and something to grow up.

You might contact your local Soil and Conservation Department. Ours has a master gardner available to answer all kinds of questions.

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If you've got room for aeroponic

gardening, that can be very productive and really easy to do. Low-resource and low impact. I did a 10x20 low-resource garden last year and wound up with more tomatoes and mustard greens than I knew what to do with. Well, that's not quite right... I did know what to do with them We still have tomato sauce, pesto and greens in the freezer. (I actually watched my grandmother can and preserve.)

If you've room for a washtub-sized planter, sweet potatoes are easy to grow, nutritious, need no maintenance other than water, make a pretty vine and if you keep the vines in the tub, you'll have loads of baby sweet potatoes. Ain't nuthin' better'n my swaytater pah.

Hmm, come to thing of it, I've some sweet-tater sprats left over from last year and loads of room to put some down. Dang, now I'm hungry in the middle of the afternoon :-)

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Shoot, If I could quit buying major appliances

I might be able to. The drawback of buying a foreclosure is ya never know what's missing. In our case, it was every appliance. Robert did find me a riding mower for $100 plus the cost of a new battery. Hey, it's somethin'. I've rediscovered a lode of dormant butchness, digging post holes for the blackberry arbor and moving plants around. Gawd, I'm sore, but still much pleased with my heaven on the hill :-)

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Girl, please...

I wouldn't have a stick of furniture until I had a fridge, stove, washer, and dryer. Those are out of the way, thank goodness. Then there were the self-propelled mower and the riding mower (with fibromyalgia, assistance is a MUST). Rob did some really good shopping and got Energy Star fridge, washer and dryer. The stove is near-new, but what's Energy Star about an electric stove (sigh). We're very judicious about our consumption in every case. We plan to swap all those out for super-efficient appliances, but when you move in with nothing, it ain't hap'nin all at once. Y'know how it is. We got in with under $1300 total cost to close, but had been renting for so long we had zero cash. For now, it's still paycheck to paycheck, but I'm seeing some light. (When only one can bring in a paycheck, ya get crafty about making every penny count!)

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Love ya Fierce

Darlin'! The thing that would make me the happiest is for you to come up to see our little slice of Caswell County. The blackberries will be in full swing in their third summer. The developer says they're good for 40-80 gallons per plant -- and I've got 12 of 'em. I need to find a good, heavy-duty tiller. The spacing between the arbors allows for a row of strawberries in between each. I've got some TriStar Day Neutrals (everbearing) to go in the ground (I'm herding them along in pots for now).

The flower beds against the house are a neglected wreck. The azaleas have just about finished blowing, so the next couple of weekends I'll be moving them up to the "settin' spot" where they won't be so sun-crisped. I've got tons of hostas (does anyone want any? PLEASE come take them away) and (from the looks of it) about a billion daffodil bulbs to rescue. The roses, eh, they've gone wild from being untended so long, so I may take them back down to the rootstock come fall and set my rose arbor up then. I dunno, so much to do and one of me. (Chuckle, y'know how it is)

This is the first year in a while I'm having to do without a veggie garden. I've got an action plan to get that going for early next year (cabbage, spring onions and snow peas can go out early).

What's up with all this gardening? We're looking to be nearly self-sufficient, green and light on the land. It's a five-year transition, we're figuring, but if we keep going at pace, we might make it. I've already earmarked my 2007 tax return for two vertical wind generators. That'll knock a goodly hole in the electric bill (which is running about half the previous owner's).

I haven't updated my personal blog for a couple of weeks, but I'll get back to it directly when there's more to report.

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I love Road Trips!

Now that spring has sprung, Hubby and I are going to start doing the "tour" thing again. I'll let you know when we're heading your way. XXXOOO

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CM, have you been watching the fire threat along

alligator ally? My son lives within 15 minutes of it. He calls me and keeps me updated, but the news makes me worry anyway. I should just turn it off, but , like a moth to a flame.....

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No I have not

I don't watch much of anything, as I don't have TV do to serious lack of funds. I will look around on the net for it.

I am from the North West part of the state originally, so sometimes I have a hard time remembering that the Ally is in my state! When I am at my parents I am closer to Asheville than we are to the Ally!

Thanks for the heads up.

CM

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The Great appear great because we are on our knees – Let Us Rise!
-- “Big Jim” Larkin

I'm from Miami

born on Miami Beach (at a hospital, not in the sand :P ) lived there most of my young life, joined the Air Force to see the world and got stationed at Patrick AFB in Cocoa Beach Florida. Although I was upset when first stationed there, I really enjoyed it. Met Hubby there....darn, it's been 34 years since we got hitched.

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I grew up at Eglin AFB

Up close to Fort Walton Beach. I had a lot of buddies out of high school that joined the Air Force, but I don't think that any of them ended up back at Eglin. They all went into specialties that have very little presence at Eglin. But I know the drill.

CM

--
The Great appear great because we are on our knees – Let Us Rise!
-- “Big Jim” Larkin

The Great appear great because we are on our knees – Let Us Rise!
-- “Big Jim” Larkin

great tomato planter.

here. I've used it for a couple seasons now with 1 cherry and 1 grape tomato plant and get more than I can eat. Hasn't worked TOO well with big tomatoes.
Also, they have self-watering containers that would work great for a bean plant.

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Glad you asked, CM

Balcony gardening is something I want to get into...Those planters from Gardener's Supply are pretty sweet...I think there's a few of the square footers in my future.

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small tomatoes

They grow best on the porch. I do it every year.

Basil

If you're going to grow tomatoes you have to grow basil. On a summer's eve there's nothing like your own bruschetta with fresh tomatoes, basil, garlic, olive oil, balsamic vinegar and a glass of wine followed by pasta with home made pesto. Simple but delicious.

I've had awesome luck

with thyme in a pot on the deck. Just regular old thyme. My plant has outgrown a couple-gallon pot in 4 years, and it's planted in the ground now and thriving. I've been pretty lucky with a rosemary bush, too, and they'll grow to fit any size pot. Just make sure the soil drains well.

I start a few varieties of basil from seed every year, and they work well in pots, but they get covered in &^#^*(!&^#%*&@ Japanese beetles. This year, I'm trying bell peppers and cucumbers in pots. The guy we bought the cuke seedling from said this variety is good for pots, because it doesn't vine out everywhere.

What's weird is that I planted 2 pepper seedlings in the ground and 2 in pots, and the ones in the ground (mixed compost in clay) are hardly growing. The chives in the same spot are doing well, though. I'm really confused. Any ideas?