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December 2010

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You see that search box over there, near the top of the sidebar on the right? You all have used that little box to find information on Life on the Balcony 4,505 times. That’s a lot of searching! Here’s what you’ve been searching for, and posts that are a good match…

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My post over on Fiskars.com is about pruning your fruit trees. What fruit trees are you growing on your balcony?

The time to prune your deciduous fruit trees is when they’re dormant, which means December or January in mild climates like Southern California. I only have three fruit trees, and one of them is a blood orange (citrus trees are evergreen, not deciduous), so it’s easy for me to get all my pruning done in December. But if you have lots of fruit trees, or if you are just too busy in December, by all means, wait until January.

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What Santa Should Be Giving Every New and Aspiring Gardener…

December 20, 2010
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I am so excited to review and highly recommend fellow blogger Andrea Bellamy’s debut book: Sugar Snaps and Strawberries. Andrea–who can be found at one of my favorite gardening blogs, Heavy Petal–wrote an inspiring book for those with a can-do spirit but not much gardening space.

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A Radio Virgin No More!

December 16, 2010
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I was thrilled to go on the Here’s The Dirt radio show in Danville, VA to talk about indoor gardening yesterday. It was my very first time on the radio. I was a little nervous, but it turned out to be a lot of fun! You can listen to the show here: Indoor Plants with […]

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Creating Layers of Interest

December 14, 2010
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I snapped this photo last weekend, mostly because I wanted to capture the lantern. But when I looked at it again just now, I was really captivated by how the cinder block wall is really jazzed up by twinkle lights, hanging succulents, and the lantern. The sum is definitely more than it’s parts. What do […]

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Fun Video on Gardening at Work

December 10, 2010
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You guys know how much I love gardening at my office. For those of us with extremely limited space, a pot or 8 at the office can mean doubling our growing space. In this video, Adriana and I visit the offices of punk record label Epitaph to show them how to grow some veggies at […]

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More Delicious Container Gardening Tips & Tricks

December 7, 2010

Don’t forget that Life on the Balcony is also on Facebook and Twitter. I share a lot of little tidbits there, like photos of pretty plants, and funny (at least, I think they’re funny) observations on gardening mishaps. If you’re on Twitter or have a Facebook page, be sure to leave a link so I […]

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5 Garden Gifts to Give if You’re a Multi Millionaire

December 6, 2010
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I was planning on coming up with a serious gift guide, but then I found a watering can that is two hundred and sixty-nine dollars. For that amount of money, the darn thing better have some bling! The imp in me decided to change gears and come up with a list of garden gifts for […]

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Creative Ideas for Taking Advantage of Your Vertical Space

December 3, 2010
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I’m excited to share a guest post from Steve Asbell of The Rainforest Garden. Steve has some cost effective and creative ways to make the most of your vertical space. When you don’t have a large footprint, it makes sense to take advantage of your “airspace” for gardening as well. Steve proves that vertical gardening doesn’t need […]

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Holiday Woolly Pockets

December 1, 2010
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I spied with my little eye, these beautiful poinsettia plantings at Roger’s Gardens. The plants are growing in woolly pockets attached to the wall. Isn’t this a neat Christmastime display?

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