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November 2009

State of the Balcony Survey

by Fern on November 30, 2009

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Please take a few minutes to answer this short survey about Life on the Balcony. There are only 9 questions, and 7 of them are multiple choice. Your feedback will really help me plan upcoming posts. Thanks!!!

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Someone mentioned in the State of the Balcony survey that they would like to write a guest post for Life on the Balcony. I think this is a great idea! Less work for me, and the opportunity to share a larger range of gardening ideas and experiences with Life on the Balcony readers. Win-win.

Guest Post

If you would like to write a guest post, shoot me an email with a 1 or 2 sentence explanation of what you’d like to write about. Life on the Balcony posts are generally between 400-600 words. That’s about 4-6 paragraphs. If you send me a post idea, and I think it is something that would work for LOTB, then I’ll provide you with more guidelines about how to write your post.

Here are some ideas of posts that generally do well on LOTB, or that people have requested:

  • Your experience composting on a small patio or balcony, with lessons learned, tips, etc.
  • Winter gardening from the perspective of someone in a colder climate than my Zone 10/Sunset 23 Southern California patio.
  • How to grow a particular plant in a container. If you go this route, choose plants that have special care requirements. Most people don’t need special tips on how to grow pansies.
  • Your favorite combinations of plants for a container garden.
  • A container design that features plants that attract birds or butterflies.
  • Gardening for pets (birds, rabbits, cats, dogs, etc).
  • How to do a specific craft that is garden related.
  • Recipes that feature a plant that can be grown in a container.
  • Container gardening tips for specific types of locations, like a very shady patio or an extremely windy balcony.
  • A frugal gardening idea or tip.

If you write a guest post for Life on the Balcony, I’ll include a short bio or statement, along with a link to your website, if you have one.

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Grow Rose Scented Geraniums Inside This Winter

November 29, 2009
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It’s not really possible to grow roses indoors. I had a client that insisted on having a white tree rose indoors and even with bright light from a south-facing window, the rose was always stretched out and weak. Even worse, it was impossible to control the aphids, who loved the warm indoor air and lack […]

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Black Friday – Here are Some Recommendations

November 27, 2009
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I thought I would collect all of the product and book reviews posted on Life on the Balcony in one spot in case you’re planning on any Black Friday or Cyber Monday internet shopping… Soil Scoop: My first video post (go easy on me!) of a useful product for container gardeners and traditional gardeners alike. […]

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Happy Thanksgiving!

November 26, 2009
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Thank you very much for reading Life on the Balcony. By far, the best part of writing here is interacting with the people who leave comments or send me emails. I love reading about your gardening experiences and learning from your tips and ideas. I hope you’re having a wonderful Thanksgiving and are enjoying time […]

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Review of The NEW Low-Maintenance Garden by Valerie Easton

November 25, 2009
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Yesterday I mentioned that I have been reading a book whose sentiment has really stuck with me. In The NEW Low-Maintenance Garden Valerie Easton writes a passionate manifesto for less. That is, less time spent maintaining your garden, but more time spent enjoying yourself in it. She equisitely and articulately makes her case, but you’ll […]

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An Evolving Gardening Philosophy

November 23, 2009
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Lately, I’ve been reading The New Low-Maintenance Garden by Valerie Easton. In the book, Easton makes a poetic case for gardens that are sensuous and enjoyable, ones that–as the title alludes–don’t require a lot of work. The book has caused me to take a closer look at my own gardening style. I’ve looked at the […]

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A Couple of Things I Forgot to Mention

November 20, 2009
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I think I forgot to mention a couple of things that I think LOTB readers will be interested in. First, if you’ve held off on trying out the Soil Scoop for yourself, aHa Modern Living has provided a discount code (balcony) so that Life on the Balcony readers can receive 10% off. More details in […]

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Neat Idea for Chiminea That Doesn’t Involve Fire or Smoke

November 19, 2009
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A lot of us live in apartments or condos where it really isn’t possible to have a BBQ or chiminea due to safety concerns or community rules. But little chimineas can add a lot of charm and visual interest on a balcony or patio. If you have access to an outdoor electrical outlet, check out […]

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Vlog 3: Review of P. Allen Smith’s Container Gardening Deck

November 18, 2009

I recently received a review copy of P. Allen Smith’s Container Gardens Deck. In order to test it out and see whether I would recommend the deck to other people, I took one of the cards with me to the nursery and used it to create a container design: As you can see, I think […]

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