Creating A Garden On Apartment Patio
I am trying to grow lettuce, but I live in a Apartment. Is it possible to grow lettuce inside a flower pot? Any advice on growing veggies from Apartment Patio?
I am new at this?
Yes! You can grow in any container that you would like, from buckets, planters, cardboard boxes, earth boxes, clay pots, you name it, anything that you can make drainage holes in. And actually, if you are growing in smaller containers like that, you can grow for a longer season, since they are so easy to cover with a little clear plastic for a greenhouse effect. This will let you grow greens for a long period of time each year.
Here is a link to help you.
Its the balcony gardening forum on GardenWeb.
Have fun! :)
When I lived in an apartment I used "Earthboxes". We are still using the Earthboxes yet have invested in a hydroponic system. If you have a handyman around, I highly recommend them. We've got loads of tomatoes, basil and bell peppers in a little (approx.) 18x36" space. You do need a socket for the timer.
Where do you get Earthboxes? I live in an apartment too and have a small garden on my balcony including tomatoes (not doing so well), herbs and wheatgrass. I would like to try to make it bigger!!
Originally Posted by Revvell
We received an ad for them yet you can find them here: http://earthbox.com/
Oh! As I was on the second floor and had no balcony, my husband put them on the stairs. About 1 third went on one stair and a support 2 stairs down. Got three of them going down the stairs. Did tomatoes, cukes and strawberries. The cukes take over the whole world so if you plant them make sure you have some place to string them.
Originally Posted by Beanie
Wow! Thank you!!
I guess I'll try to start growing a forest since my animals and I seem to be eating our way to China in veggies, LOL! Just wondering if anyone has any tips on tomato plants? I put some lime in the soil to raise the PH, but my plants aren't really producing and look only so-so!
Garden in Las Vegas?
I'm new to Las Vegas and also to gardening. I have a back yard (the back inch, as I call it) that gets plenty of sun. I would like to grow all sorts of sprouts and vegetables, especially lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers garlic, scallions, avocados and herbs. Is January a good time to start growing anything? I am a student with nothing but grocery money right now, so what can I do on the cheap to start the process? Thanks!
"What about a dark apartment? I live in an apartment that due to orientation, recieves very little sunlight. Even the balcony gets only gets a few hours of sun, mostly shaded at that. I would love to grow things. Are growing lamps an option? If so, anyone know anything about that?"
I spent a week at The UK Centre for Living Foods and Elaine does all her growing in her basement kitchen which gets very little light. She grows a lot of wheatgrass and sprouts and they realy flourish. The group of 10 people survived on a diet that was mostly made up of ehat she grew in the kitchen.
There is sufficient in the world for man's need, but not for his greed.
I love cucumbers and tomatoes, and just a balcony, so I guess i will try earth boxes or something similar. How do you get seeds which are suitable for containers, heat resistant(I live in California), and produce fruit for long time versus all at once? Can you give me the names? I would love them to be heirloom variety.
Very great thread here. I would like for some of you to upload pictures of your gardens. This can be inspirational to others.
you could try this place which specializes in heirloom seeds for the apartment balcony - I have no experience with them.
How do you get seeds which are suitable for containers, heat resistant(I live in California), and produce fruit for long time versus all at once? Can you give me the names? I would love them to be heirloom variety.
There are also lots of books that specialize in growing food on your balcony, container gardening, etc., maybe look into that.
Also, for a balcony, I think the cherry/small varieties would generally work best. And they're usually great yielders over a long season.
I think one issue for container growing is making sure your pot doesn't heat up to really high temps, so a light color is good, or situate on the balcony so the plant gets the light but the pot is more shaded.
It is interseting, but they are in Canada, and the climate there is much different.
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