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« Reply #10 on: January 25, 2010 11:49:33 AM »

I'm in, but does anyone have ideas for planting on a balcony? It is huge and I would love to have planters going from one end to the other, it gets great sunlight during the day which is a plus I'd like to get a couple bird feeders a bird house and humming bird feeder...I know I want to grow herbs because my husband and I cook a lot and they can get pretty expensive...Any vegetables recommended? Maybe an upside down tomato planter? Help! I plan on starting to get things together for it next week but obviously not planting until its time.

Thanks in advance for any help you can provide!
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« Reply #11 on: January 25, 2010 01:12:53 PM »

Thought I'd show off a couple of pics of my little garden.

My garlic and onions are poking up through the mulch in the garden beds.

Here's garlic.



And here's my yellow onions.



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« Reply #12 on: January 25, 2010 02:05:58 PM »

ohhhhh! spring is coming! I need to get to work Grin
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« Reply #13 on: January 25, 2010 09:55:35 PM »

oooh nice, pinokeeo.  you know, i wouldn't have expected it, but my chickens seem to be pecking at our garlic leaves.  I'm not very excited about that.  I might have to build 'em a new run sooner rather than later.

On the plus side, it looks like my Talon onion seed is beginning to germinate!
I've got lavender and amaranth that I'm attempting to start too.
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« Reply #14 on: January 26, 2010 06:37:28 AM »

You should maybe build them a portable hen house.  Here's one from Amazon, but you can build them much cheaper.
http://www.amazon.com/Chicken-Coop-Portable-Hen-House/dp/B002JXW29S

Here's a link for free plans.
http://www.organicgardening.com/pdf/coop_plans.pdf

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« Reply #15 on: January 26, 2010 09:53:43 AM »

I have one, but it's way too big, I think.  I've been thinking about making a smaller one. 
The chickens would be fine with a smaller covered area, and I'd be able to maybe move it by myself.  And the one I have now is too big to fit on our garden beds.  I think it's about 5 feet wide and the beds are about 4 feet wide...
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« Reply #16 on: January 28, 2010 09:23:14 PM »

Megzy, check out a book called 'The Bountiful Container'. It's amazing.
It's got instructions for pretty much any fruit, vegetable, and herb that you could want, and how to grow them in a pot, plus alot of information on plants that grow well together, look well together, etc.
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« Reply #17 on: January 29, 2010 08:52:37 AM »

Thank you Longelegantlegs!
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« Reply #18 on: January 29, 2010 10:25:46 AM »

Megzy, depending on how hot it is on your balcony, that might be a great place to grow peppers.  They don't appreciate the weather we have here, and I feel pretty lucky if i get a few tiny little bell peppers on an average plant.  Radishes and lettuce are pretty easy to grow in containers, although they are not big fans of heat.  I donno why I'm talking about heat in late January, but it's good to plan ahead for things your plants might face.  The great thing about containers though is you can move 'em to warmer and colder areas of the balcony based on what's growing in 'em.  There's a variety of peas you can grow in pots that dont' even need a trellis.  I can't remember the name of 'em.  Peas are nice 'cause they're an earlier crop.
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« Reply #19 on: January 31, 2010 10:35:54 AM »

I found this spiffy Instructable for a hanging wall planter, I think I might give it a try this year.

http://www.instructables.com/id/VERTICAL-VEGETABLES-quotGrow-upquot-in-a-smal/?ALLSTEPS
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