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January 2011

Container Gardening Journal

by Fern on January 28, 2011

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It’s been a while since I’ve shared a journal post, but I’ve seen too many great blog posts and tweets lately to put this post off any further. Without further ado…
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Let’s Design a Balcony Garden Together!

by Fern on January 25, 2011

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Over on the Life on the Balcony Facebook page, I explained a container gardening “game” that I thought might be fun. Basically, we’d collaborate to design a balcony, and then I’d put the ideas into a story board and share it here on Life on the Balcony. If this sounds like something you’d be interested in, head over to Facebook and check out the details.

Photo credit: Jeff Bauche

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Vertical Gardening Ideas for Balconies

January 24, 2011
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I’m so excited to show you this video, it features one of the balconies that will also be in my book. There are several great ideas for making the most out of a small space. Enjoy! In the video, you’ll see a Woolly Pocket in action, they’re a great way to take advantage of your […]

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Just Peachy! How to Grow Peaches and Nectarines in a Pot

January 17, 2011
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I have had a peach tree growing in a pot for two and half years. It is one of my absolute favorite edible plants to grow, because the results are so juicy, and tasty! Peaches that are sold at supermarkets don’t even begin to compare to the taste of homegrown, tree-ripened fruit. I guarantee you […]

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Balcony Garden Sightings: Venice, CA

January 12, 2011
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Let’s Grow a Whole Balcony Orchard from Seed!

January 11, 2011

Or not. Definitely not. Find out why growing fruit trees from seed isn’t a very good idea in my latest post over on the Fiskars website. It seems like a great idea. You buy an incredibly delectable apple, peach, or bag of cherries and think you yourself, “I’d love to eat fruit like this all […]

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The Who, What, Where, When, and Why of Indoor Seed Starting

January 10, 2011
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You’ve probably heard of starting seeds indoors, but you may have some questions, like what the heck is the point? Or when should I start my seeds? You can totally geek out on seed starting if that’s your thing, but it doesn’t have to be difficult if you don’t want it to be.

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Gardens of Israel

January 5, 2011
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Recently I was lucky enough to travel to Israel with my parents, brothers, and husband. It was a great trip, and I saw some beautiful gardens while there. Israel is very similar, landscape-wise, to California, so I was right at home amongst their succulents, lavenders, olives, and citrus. Here are some of my garden photos […]

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3 Ways to Give Your Balcony a Fresh Start in 2011

January 3, 2011
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HELLO 2011! New year. Fresh start. Deep breaths. It feels great, doesn’t it?! Except your balcony is still stuck in 2010, right? That’s okay, there is plenty of time before Spring to whip things in to shape. And the great thing about being a balcony gardener is that your gardening space isn’t overwhelmingly large. With […]

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