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chokolatedove
05-03-2008, 05:18 AM
Hi fam!! Im such a sucker for plant and everything plant related! I live in an apartment and have taken a great interest in balconys and the gardening ideas that take place there. Whether its plants, or flowers, veggies or fruits, koi ponds, etc....post it here!! I would love to see it. I need to get a good picture of mines so I can post it.....happy gardening... :D

Debonaire
04-04-2009, 11:42 PM
I had a balcony garden last year and I am starting it up again for this growing season. I only do herbs on the balcony. I think I want to expand my herbs but I want cooler looking pots before I commit.

Who else is growing this year? I know you all are out there!



Last year I realized I didn't know squat about plants. I didn't even know my growing zone until 2 months ago. Shame.

Scrills
04-13-2009, 02:13 PM
I AM! I AM!

I have a yard, but I'm still leaning towards a container garden. I started my seeds indoors about 2 weeks ago.

The plan was to grow 5 things, but I went a little overboard. I am growing....

Rosemary
Parsley
Basil
Cumin
Spearmint
Dill
Cilantro
Oregano
Roma tomatoes
Cherry tomatoes
Cucumbers
Squash
Spinach
Peas
Asparagus Beans
Carrots
Hot peppers
Mild peppers
Collard greens
Lettuce
Black Beans

I starting posting updates on my blog....

Intro: http://paperchaise.wordpress.com/2009/04/1...iner-gardening/ (http://paperchaise.wordpress.com/2009/04/10/container-gardening/)

Guide to Container Gardens: http://paperchaise.wordpress.com/2009/04/1...iner-gardening/ (http://paperchaise.wordpress.com/2009/04/10/guide-to-container-gardening/)

Day 14: http://paperchaise.wordpress.com/2009/04/12/garden-day-14/


I have no clue what I'm doing, but I sure am enjoying it!!!!

Debonaire
04-14-2009, 03:36 PM
:shocker: Scrills! How on Earth are you going to grow all of those in containers? You'll definitely have to put them out in the yard. I container garden for my apartment but I am a member of the local community garden as well. I started my seeds for home and the garden but no sprouts yet :(

For the balcony I have:
Parsley | Rosemary | Basil | Tyme *I'm on the fence because they take over* | Mint | Chamomile | Coriander/Cilantro
and then decorative flowers of Marigold, Assylum, and Daisy.

For the garden I have:
Nordello Sweet Peppers | Bush Snap Peas | Mesclun Seed Mix | Tomato | Radish
and decorative flowers of Morning Glory - I built a trellis for them to run on from a pruned Mulberry tree and young Willow tree branch shoots. Your girl has skills :bow:.

I am also need/want to prep soil this year in a container for next year because I want to grow blueberries!! How cool would that be if they actually take?

Scrills
04-15-2009, 04:24 PM
to make matters worse, i just ordered a dwarf lime tree and some raspberry canes.

Well the good thing is that about 1/3 of the things i'm growing are herbs. i'll be able to grow those in my window seal. The other things, I will either grow those in 5 gallon buckets or I will give in and till the land behind my garage. I only bought varieties that are suitable for containers. So for example, my cucumbers are spacemasters. They are great for container gardens

I have a chart of which veggies can be grown in containers and what size containers they will need

carboncopysue
04-15-2009, 04:41 PM
I started container gardening late in the season last year, but I had to move suddenly in July and I think the a/c i my car killed all my plants :(. I got the pots and soil ready, I'm just waiting for a nice day that I'm actually home to start "planting". I'll post a list of what I'm planting when I get started.

I may move again within the next month or two...what's a safe way to transport plants? I don't want to do all that work for them to die again. :(

Sue.

aunaptural
04-19-2009, 09:04 PM
I started container gardening late in the season last year, but I had to move suddenly in July and I think the a/c i my car killed all my plants :(. I got the pots and soil ready, I'm just waiting for a nice day that I'm actually home to start "planting". I'll post a list of what I'm planting when I get started.

I may move again within the next month or two...what's a safe way to transport plants? I don't want to do all that work for them to die again. :(

Sue.
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I will be starting my balcony garden again this summer and will also have to move around July. Please keep me posted on any tips you get for transporting your babies. Luckily, I'll be moving no more than 20 minutes across town.

Debonaire
05-03-2009, 04:00 PM
I would think to put the plants in a shallow box and then get another deep box that fits snug ontop/around your plants would help to protect them in transit. Then you can go without the AC and just crack a window and the box will protect the soil from flying all around.

I have some photos that would make you all jealous :). All of my seeds have sprouted! I was a little concerned at first - I was trying to start seeds outside on the fire escape like a dummy. But I took them in and started watering them and placing them on the stove at night for heat. Literally within 4 days all of the seeds came up aside from the pepper which sprouted about 10 days later. I've transplanted some of the lettuces and peas outside. I am holding onto a few seedlings incase there is a last cold day that comes through and kills them. I also got a few more seeds for cut flowers (Snapdragon + Bachelor's Buttons). I'll update when I plant and they come up.

http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c117/DebonaireO/th_DSC07183.jpg (http://s26.photobucket.com/albums/c117/DebonaireO/?action=view&current=DSC07183.jpg) http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c117/DebonaireO/th_DSC07185.jpg (http://s26.photobucket.com/albums/c117/DebonaireO/?action=view&current=DSC07185.jpg)
#1 - I wrapped the trays in Saran wrap to start the seeds. #2 - 4 days later!

http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c117/DebonaireO/th_DSC07227.jpg (http://s26.photobucket.com/albums/c117/DebonaireO/?action=view&current=DSC07227.jpg) http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c117/DebonaireO/th_DSC07288.jpg (http://s26.photobucket.com/albums/c117/DebonaireO/?action=view&current=DSC07288.jpg)
#1 - Snap peas coming up with other herbs in the background (Dill + Parsley). #2 - Yeaaah baby. Snap peas in full effect (2 wks later)!

http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c117/DebonaireO/th_DSC07290.jpg (http://s26.photobucket.com/albums/c117/DebonaireO/?action=view&current=DSC07290.jpg) http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c117/DebonaireO/th_DSC07292.jpg (http://s26.photobucket.com/albums/c117/DebonaireO/?action=view&current=DSC07292.jpg) http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c117/DebonaireO/th_DSC07299.jpg (http://s26.photobucket.com/albums/c117/DebonaireO/?action=view&current=DSC07299.jpg)
#1 - Mesclun mix. #2 - Cilantro. #3 - I drink lots of Chamomile tea and I figured I would throw some of the seeds and leaves in the soil to just see what happened. Lo and behold it is sprouting! They are the shorter ones in the top left corner. I also had exactly 3 Marigold seeds and 2 of them sprouted (the taller seedlings)!

AutumnBeauty
05-06-2009, 09:00 PM
Scrills WOW! I feel so shame showing a picture of my balcony plants and you have yourself a fine little garden there!

Debonaire I love your sprouts! How easy are herbs to grow? I am going to HAVE TO try some.

I don't really know much about plants -but I love them and love to see and take care of them. I don't have much so far, but am looking to add many more before this month is over. This year I am thinking about growing some tomatoes :P

Here is my little balcony.... :rolleyes:

This was given to me and it was very sickly, so I'm trying to nurse it back to health
http://i139.photobucket.com/albums/q285/sapphirekiss84/Balcony008.jpg

http://i139.photobucket.com/albums/q285/sapphirekiss84/Balcony006.jpg

http://i139.photobucket.com/albums/q285/sapphirekiss84/Balcony007.jpg

http://i139.photobucket.com/albums/q285/sapphirekiss84/SpringBreak010-1.jpg

Scrills
05-07-2009, 07:12 PM
Everything but my mint has spouted and I've started transplanting. the transplant is taking a little longer than expected because I decided to make some DIY earthboxes. Hopefully I will have everything transplanted by this weekend (and will have pictures to share).

So far my peas are the fastest growing. they are at least 18" tall

Scrills
05-11-2009, 07:38 PM
Ok, so I actually accomplished something!!! I made the containers for my herbs

grrr, it won't let me add the image here. Anyways, here is the link:



http://paperchaise.wordpress.com/2009/05/1...ial-herb-vases/ (http://paperchaise.wordpress.com/2009/05/11/tutorial-herb-vases/)

Debonaire
05-11-2009, 07:50 PM
ChocolateCoils - Herbs are pretty easy to grow. You have to make sure that you baby them though because the seeds (shell) tend to be a little harder in my opinion which means you have to soak them and make sure that the seeds get enough water - but not too much that they rot. Also if you are transferring you have to have the gentlest hand to not disturb the root system and make sure that the soil is pretty much the same. Herbs are notorious for not responding well at all to being transferred. Your balcony garden is coming along nicely! Before you know it you won't know what on Earth to do with all of your flowers and herbs.

Scrills - I see you big pimping!!!!! I am so in envy of those containers. I had to transfer my seedlings because they were outgrowing the container but I had NOOOoo idea of what to use that would be tall enough and slender. That idea is fantastic! I don't drink Smater Water but I might have to go raid some recycling bins in the next few days.

carboncopysue
05-12-2009, 03:14 PM
@Scrills--I love the smart water bottle idea. I might snag a few just so I can grow my herbs in them.

My plants are all coming along nicely--except the ones I started in peat pots from dollar general. None of them grew. I&#39;m not sure if it was the size of the peat pots (they were tiny) or something else. All the plants in my larger pots are growing nicely. I stopped by an outdoor nursery over the weekend, and I saw some plants I might add to the garden (espeically if the ones in the peat pots are done <_<).

The only thing I want to add, but am unsure of, is flowers. I&#39;d love to add some, but I just can&#39;t decide which ones yet. I went all around the nursery, but still couldn&#39;t decide. Oh well, I still have some time left. :P

Sue.

Debonaire
05-15-2009, 02:18 PM
The only thing I want to add, but am unsure of, is flowers. I&#39;d love to add some, but I just can&#39;t decide which ones yet. I went all around the nursery, but still couldn&#39;t decide. Oh well, I still have some time left.[/b]
I would pick something that can be cut. I love flowers but I want to bring them home not just have them out in the garden/pot :). I have Daisy&#39;s, Bachelor&#39;s Button, and Snapdragons (which are usually border plants but w/e).

Also instead of peat pots I&#39;d just use a small Dixie cup with soil to start seeds (well I would suggest news paper pots if you are up for the challenge). By using small Dixie cups when you transfer you just cut the side and plant the seedling into the ground. I never trusted those peat pots/peat pellets/those yellow spongy things - they are just so weird to me.

chachadiva
05-15-2009, 08:19 PM
I never trusted those peat pots/peat pellets/those yellow spongy things - they are just so weird to me.
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Peat pellets are a cheap, quick, easy way to start plants. And it&#39;s fun to see the flat little thing expand and grow when you water it the first time. :P You will have to transplant later.

aunaptural
05-26-2009, 12:50 PM
I finally finished making and planting my big sub-irrigated planters for my balcony garden. Don&#39;t want to flood the page with big pics, so I&#39;ll link to my Facebook album. Happy Gardening!

http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=2077...57&l=3fa0094747 (http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=2077327&id=41002357&l=3fa0094747)

Debonaire
05-30-2009, 07:40 PM
Can I just vent about how I am goign to kick my bf in his da&* face! I left for a weekend people, and the man managed to kill my lettuce and Nordello peppers :(! Those peppers are the hardest thing in the world to get to sprout!

aunaptural
05-30-2009, 08:50 PM
Can I just vent about how I am goign to kick my bf in his da&* face! I left for a weekend people, and the man managed to kill my lettuce and Nordello peppers :(! Those peppers are the hardest thing in the world to get to sprout!
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:hug: RIP Nordello peppers.

Denny
06-10-2011, 01:06 PM
Bump it up - I have a balcony since 2000, time to do something with it. But I do not have green fingers.

chachadiva
06-10-2011, 01:41 PM
Denny, the below are the active gardening threads. I'll be posting my indoor garden soon.

http://www.nappturality.com/forum/showthread.php?t=139434

http://www.nappturality.com/forum/showthread.php?t=84037&page=12

Denny
06-10-2011, 03:58 PM
Much thanks!

PraiseAngel
08-01-2011, 11:35 PM
I have a container garden and I grow: collards, kale, spinach, swiss chard, celery, sweet bell peppers, black-eyed peas, pinto beans (not coming up yet), broccoli (failing), brussel sprouts, okra and corn (failing). I am also going to plant some herbs and edible flowers probably in the fall.

Akomas_Angel
08-02-2011, 01:14 AM
Praise, I'd love to see pics of your garden. It sounds wonderful.

PraiseAngel
08-04-2011, 09:22 PM
How do you post pictures? Or should I create an album?

chachadiva
08-04-2011, 09:45 PM
How do you post pictures? Or should I create an album?

http://www.nappturality.com/forum/showthread.php?t=106665

Denny
08-22-2011, 02:47 PM
Sigh threw away my chives yesterday, they were covered with little black bugs..yuk!
Coriander plant is dead, dead, dead did not realise when they start flowering cut off the flowers! (I live, I learn)
Going to give potatoes a try.

OHR
08-22-2011, 11:54 PM
Denny!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I'm feeling :( about the chives & coriander. Po po chives and coriander. Good luck w/the taters.

Dovechild20
08-28-2011, 02:57 AM
Im gonna poke my head in this thread...ive been chomping at the bit for THE longest time to start a container garden on my balcony (which is quite large, so im excited), but ive been learning so much, ive been experiencing analysis parlysis, lol.

However, i think ive settled on creating a container food forest. Im kinda interested in permaculture and one of the ways to design your container garden using permaculture is to do a food forest. Basically this is grouping your plants in such a way so that they ultimately benefit each other in growth, feeding, and fending off pests.

Here's a cool article on it:

http://www.theinnovationdiaries.com/1422/food-forestry/

So, basically, now all i need to do is get started...with the containers, the plants, the seeds, potting soil and fertilizer, not to mention the ambitious list of veggies, fruits and herbs i wanna grow and i KNOW folks say to start small, but i figure if ima get into this growing food thing, im tryna get baptized by fire so i can learn faster lol....sigh, so much to do. 8)

Denny
06-15-2012, 02:26 PM
double post