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January 2010

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A lot of people are interested in planting flower gardens that will support bees. And there is no reason why container gardeners can’t do their part to support bees. In fact, urban gardeners should help “re-green” their surroundings as much as possible to help support wildlife that was displaced by development. In my master gardener class yesterday, I learned three interesting things about the flowers that attract bees that I thought I would pass along if you’d like to help out one of the hardest working insects in your garden.

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You probably didn’t know that tulips were edible. And quite frankly, who would want to bring a beautiful bunch of tulips inside only to scarf them down? But in case you have the goal of only growing plants you can eat this year, tulips are a good plant for you to fudge the rules a bit.

I’ve already started seeing tulips in the nursery here, so I am sure they are soon to follow in the rest of the country as well. Here are two different ideas featuring tulips…

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Great Deck of Cards for Vegetable Gardeners…

January 27, 2010
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If you’re looking for a quick-reference card you can take with you out on your balcony or patio with all the information you need when you’re in the thick of gardening, then The Good Growing Guide is just what you need. Isabel of Fennel and Fern has created beautifully photographed postcards with easy-to-reference information about […]

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An Easy Rule of Thumb for Deciding When to Direct Sow

January 25, 2010
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The vast majority of time, it is better to start seeds either indoors, or in a smaller container with the intention of transplanting the seedling to a larger pot. This is because it is really hard to get plants started from seed into the right spot in a mixed container if the seeds are sown […]

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Photos From The Huntington Botanical Garden

January 24, 2010
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I went with my Master Gardener class to study botany in the lab at the Huntington Botanical Garden. I looked at all sorts of neat things under a microscope, but afterwards I was able to walk around the gardens and I saw lots of beautiful container plants. I’ve posted the photos of them below. If […]

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Save Yourself the Heartache, Don’t Grow Fruit Trees from Seed

January 22, 2010
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I promised I would share all the good information I learned at my Master Gardener classes, and today I learned a whole bunch of great stuff. The class was an introduction to horticulture and was taught by a professor from a nearby college. The first tidbit I want to pass along is the answer to […]

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Are You a Total Veg Head, Flowers-Only, Or Somewhere In Between?

January 21, 2010
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I don’t know about you guys, but I have been giddily flipping through all of the seed catalogs I’ve received of late. It’s always hard for me to decide how many flowering and foliage plants to pot up versus how many vegetables, fruits and herbs. That’s part of the reason why I like edibles that […]

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Can’t Wait for “Succulent Container Gardens” to Come Out!

January 19, 2010
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I just spotted this video promo of Debra Baldwin’s latest succulent book called Succulent Container Gardens. I have been excited about this book since I saw the cover several months ago, but this video has really got me salivating. The photography is gorgeous, and the combinations of plants and pots are stunning. I can’t wait […]

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5 Sneaky Tips to Create a Smokin’ Hot Container Garden

January 19, 2010
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Sometimes I like to look at Cosmo Magazine. Not because I’m interested in any of their tips for spicing things up in the bedroom or advice on how to apply my eye shadow. What I like to look at are their headlines. They are hilarious! “How to Be a Total Man-Magnet,” “10 Sneaky Tricks to […]

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Carnival: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Edible Container Gardening

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I am so excited to publish the very first Life on the Balcony Blog Carnival! Thank a million times over to all of the people who participated. Without further ado, I give you a plethora of great posts on edible container gardening for your reading pleasure…

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