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« on: July 30, 2006 05:15:59 PM »

Wow everyone's garden is so beautiful. I live in an apartment, unfortunately, without a backyard so we have made our balcony into a veggie producing haven! We have tomatoes (6 varieties), cucumbers, squash, lemons, green peppers, a peach tree (that we grew from a pit!), and an entire herb garden including basil, oregano, rosemary, chocolate mint, and parsley!

The whole shebang: http://static.flickr.com/98/218018093_235508d969.jpg?v=0
My husband over the flowering oregano: http://static.flickr.com/41/218019808_c885547c5d.jpg?v=0

Some of our large tomatoes: http://static.flickr.com/72/218018091_cf302412e9.jpg?v=0 i think my husband said they're beefsteak. We also have tiny pear tomatoes, sweet 100's,  two types of mystery tomato that just sprouted from some soil we had from last year, and another type of cherry tomato. I'm working on some art shots of the tomatoes, so excuse the artsy shot Smiley

Our lemons: http://static.flickr.com/71/218018092_a050ef649f.jpg?v=0 I believe they are meyer lemons, as we like them a little on the sweet side.

Our squash: http://static.flickr.com/74/218019807_790574819f.jpg?v=0 the squash has been touch and go. It produced a ton of little squashes and then they all shriveled up and died  Undecided but now it has started to produce again Smiley

Our best producer this year has been the cucumber! they said it couldn't be done... a cucumber in a pot? well, this is about the 8th cucumber we've gotten out of our potted plant: http://static.flickr.com/89/218018094_5d5ec8546e.jpg?v=0

Our red peppers: http://static.flickr.com/71/218024321_b4fa380d80.jpg?v=0 just coming in!

One of the best things about our garden (besides it producing like the Garden of Eden) is the hummingbirds that visit us all the time. Here's a shot of one at our feeder: http://static.flickr.com/96/218018089_b85149ad69.jpg?v=0 and more pics of our little friends. *not working right now Sad *

*edit* ooooh our sungolds are coming in!

It's not one of those gorgeous heaven on earth types of gardens listed but for being in pots, i think my husband (mainly him, sometimes me) has given it a lot of personality and heart Smiley

*new edit* I've added one more feeder this weekend! AND to give the feel of the hummingbirds and a better feel for my garden, i've put up a hummy-cam for your enjoyment! i'm working on embedding it into my blog, but here is the address so you can see it solo: http://glenwood.homeip.net/
it's best viewed in mozilla or netscape, 'cause Internet Explorer wants to download it for some reason. if the feeders aren't swaying or nothing seems to be happening, just hit refresh so that it starts to reload itself Smiley

oh and my husband wants me to say that we had strawberries but they died an untimely death  Undecided
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« Reply #1 on: July 30, 2006 07:07:57 PM »

Wow!  That is certainly one of the coolest gardens I have ever seen.  It's nicer than mine, and I have a whole backyard!
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« Reply #2 on: July 31, 2006 11:19:03 AM »

Very nice!  Smiley My husband and I are starting a patio container garden (we're apartment dwellers too), so I hope ours ends up as lovely and productive as yours!

Awesome picture of the hummingbird too! You must have a good camera!
« Reply #3 on: July 31, 2006 06:45:09 PM »

Beautiful!  The hummingbird picture is cool!

Now have a snack!  Snack on!



« Reply #4 on: July 31, 2006 11:25:57 PM »

That is amazing. I'm very inspired. We've moved to a nice house with a small yard out back and out front, but just a few feet away is a refinery that they are breaking down, so I am not trusting of the soil, especialy in the backyard - it's just too close to the refinery that had been there for over 20 years. We do, however, have a huge balcony that I just have a few potted plants, but nothing much. I had no idea you could grow such substantial veggies in a pot. I thought only herbs and stuff. This is great!
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« Reply #5 on: August 01, 2006 12:09:30 AM »

it is amazing that how you turn your balcony into a heaven! i also live in an apartment and i want to raise my own veggies but i wasn't sure if i could manage in the pots.. but now i know that it the way i will follow.... great Smiley

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« Reply #6 on: August 01, 2006 02:34:54 AM »

thanks so much guys! i was a little worried about submitting my little potted garden for this contest as everyone else has these beautifully landscaped gardens and mine is more of a potted producing garden Smiley

for those of you in apartments or non-garden friendly situations, i highly recommend the potted lifestyle! we have tomatoes from july until early december! (ok we're in california, but it's still a lot!)

« Reply #7 on: August 01, 2006 10:29:18 AM »

You and your husband are my new gardening idols! We just moved into an apartment. At our old house, I had about 150 sq. ft. of garden, but now it's only pots. I was depressed about it until I saw yours!
« Reply #8 on: August 01, 2006 01:29:44 PM »

amazing. :]
so, how do you grow a peach tree from a pit?

just put it in some dirt and water it?  Grin

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« Reply #9 on: August 01, 2006 01:33:14 PM »

I am not trusting of the soil

Carol, are you in the US?  If so, you can submit a soil sample to your county cooperative extension service - I'm not sure what all they test for, but they should be able to tell you if your soil is safe to grow food in.

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