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July 2010

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Gardening is both very “here and now” and also forward focused. Yes, most flowers are fleeting and must be enjoyed in the moment. But at the same time, if you want vegetables in the fall, you have to start planting in summer. Here are five vegetables that you may not have tried growing before. And yes, you can grow in a container garden.

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Has Summer Brought Forth Bounty or Taken Its Toll…

July 26, 2010
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Sorry for the late start today, I battled a bout of food poisoning last night and this morning. I’ll spare you the details, but it wasn’t fun. Luckily, there were lots of wonderful carnival posts to brighten my spirits. You all covered such an interesting array of topics on how your container garden has fared […]

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Container Garden Grab Bag 7/23

July 23, 2010
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Are you a fan of gazing balls? Garden designer Jenny Peterson is. Check out how she has used gazing balls in containers. Adriana Martinez has got some great advice on growing peppers. If you’re growing your tomatoes in a small space, you’ll want to check out Mike Lieberman’s tomato training tutorial. Gayla Trail has got […]

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Garden-Inspired Handmade Card How To & Giveaway

July 20, 2010
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I am really excited to publish this guest post/giveaway from Life on the Balcony’s second reader (after my husband). Roberta, my mom, loves to express her artistic side through crafting. She has been sewing since childhood, and has added quilting, crochet, stamping, paper crafting, and scrapbooking to her repertoire. When not crafting, she enjoys reading, […]

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How to Grow Currants and Gooseberries in Your Container Garden

July 19, 2010
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One of the most fun things for me is to grow things on my balcony that people wouldn’t believe possible to grow in such a limited space with no “real” dirt. It’s not nearly as difficult as people think, though I have a full sun balcony. What if you dream of canning your own home […]

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Container Gardening Grab Bag 7/16

July 16, 2010
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Gardening Posts MeemsNYC solves a problem a lot of us have right now: What to do with all those zucchini?! I loved touring around Laura’s patio garden. Keep an eye out for her ‘Pretty Much Picasso’ petunias. They look great on the black ladder/plant stand! If you enjoy seeing cute kids in the garden, hearing […]

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Wordless Wednesday: What I Did With 4 Cups of Tiny Cherry Tomatoes

July 14, 2010
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[Recipe info on the LOTB Facebook page]

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Learning From Other’s Container Gardening Mistakes

July 13, 2010
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This past weekend I had a wonderful time just outside of Denver celebrating the wedding of one of my cousins. It was nice to get away for a little bit and see a different part of the country. Of course, while there, I couldn’t resist checking out some local container gardens. As far as I […]

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Two Must Have Books for Southern California Gardeners

July 12, 2010
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I recently purchased Pat Welsh’s Southern California Organic Gardening and Sunset Western Garden Book of Edibles and can’t believe it took me so long to add these books to my library! I first heard of Pat Welsh’s book when she was the keynote speaker at my Master Gardener graduation. She came across as warm and […]

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