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October 2009

I recently Tweeted about fertilizing container gardens and asked for feedback about what other gardeners do. I received many different responses, including:

  • @containergarden: I use fish emulsion and seaweed combo. Also mix in Bradfield Organics’ All Purpose fertilizer into soil.
  • @DebraLBaldwin: For succulents, add 1 T timed release fertilizer per gallon of cactus mix. Liquid fert @ 1/2 strength during growing season.
  • @MulchMaven: Container fert.: growing mix w/worm castings and slow release fertilizer works great for me! Also bat guano. <not kidding>
  • @Elle_Ann: When potting, I mix good organic soil mix w/ worm compost. Sometimes also add organic 4-4-4 (powder) but not consistently.
  • @VantagePointeSD: Fish emulsion! It just smells like it’s working magic! Often add coffee grounds, too.

This isn’t really the time of year to fertilize anything other than indoor plants (at least not for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere). But for some odd reason I’ve been thinking about fertilizers lately. Probably because my plants are totally confused by the weird weather we’ve been having and it’s been hard for me to resist giving them fertilizer when I see them putting out new leaves, flowers and fruit.

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UPDATE: Jayme of aHa Modern Living just sent me a discount code for Life on the Balcony readers who would like to try the soil scoop. If you use the code “balcony” (without the quotes) you’ll receive 10% off. This deal expires on 4/11/2010.

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I am so, so, so, sooooo excited to have finally finished my first vlog (video+blog) post. I had some technical difficulties, but finally figured everything out last night.

This first video blog post is about a great tool called a Soil Scoop. Jayme of aHa Modern Living sent me the scoop because she thought it would be a great multi-purpose tool for container gardeners. I have to say, I totally agree! If you have a soil scoop and a pair of bypass pruners, you can do pretty much everything needed to create and maintain a beautiful container garden.

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Grow Aloe Indoors This Winter

October 27, 2009

Maybe you have an aloe plant that was happy growing on your balcony this summer and now you need to bring it inside, or perhaps you’re looking for a useful and beautiful plant to spend your gardening energy on during the winter months. Either way, aloes can be grown inside, so long as you provide […]

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Video Blogging Coming Soon to Life on the Balcony

October 25, 2009

This past weekend I’ve been spending my time shooting and editing my first video blog post. I’m really excited about the potential to show different aspects of container gardening in a new way, but I am definitely not a natural in front of the video camera, so I hope you’ll bear with me as I […]

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Decorating Your Balcony for Halloween

October 23, 2009

I hate Halloween. There. I said it. If there was a bad guy for Halloween–a grinch of some sort–I’d be it. The constantly ringing doorbell (even with my porch light off!) drives me nuts and scares my cats. And then when I open the door, half the time I see teenagers too old to be […]

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How to Protect Your Container Garden From Frost

October 21, 2009

Temperatures usually don’t get cold enough to really harm my plants until January or February here at the beach in So Cal (and then we’re only talking about the low 40s), but I hear that those of you in the rest of the country start getting pretty cold weather about this time of year. 😉 […]

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Balcony Garden Winding Down? Check Out Botany of Desire on PBS Oct 28 @ 8pm

October 19, 2009

I hope you have your TiVO remote handy, because in 10 days (and counting!) PBS will be airing a documentary based on Michael Pollan’s book The Botany of Desire. The show airs on October 28th at 8pm on your local PBS channel, just in time to provide a plant fix as gardening outdoors winds down. […]

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When Do You Stop Gardening Outdoors

October 18, 2009

All of my herbs are still going strong, as are all of my perennial flowers (which I think is pretty much everything, I didn’t plant any annuals). I have cut down most of my hot season edibles, like the pepperoncinis, Grand Mariconi, and bell peppers. While we still have occasional days of 80/90 degree weather, […]

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Welcoming Wildlife to the Garden

October 16, 2009

Recently I discovered a great book at my library called Welcoming Wildlife to the Garden by Catherine Johnson, Susan McDiarmid and Edward Turner that I’m very excited to share with LOTB readers. What initially caught my eye was the book’s subtitle, “Creating backyard and Balcony Habitats for Wildlife.” Any gardening book  that remembers balcony gardeners […]

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Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day – October 2009

October 15, 2009

Some recent pics from my garden… Garlic Chives King Kong Coleus Strawberry This one is actually from the El Dorado Nature Center in Long Beach:

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