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When I was just under two years old, I fell off my parent’s second story balcony. I was playing out there when I saw our cat Yaz in a nearby tree. I reached for the cat and fell through the railings. Luckily I landed on grass and while I fractured my skull, the fracture was along one of the sutures and I didn’t suffer any brain damage. I always thought it was funny that I fell off the balcony, but my mom, who was the one who found me, never could laugh about it. Now as a mom myself, I can empathize with how it must have felt to see your baby lying on the ground beneath your balcony.

So, as you can imagine, I’ve been worrying and researching about balcony garden safety from pretty much the moment I found out I was pregnant. Obviously you should never leave a baby or small child on a balcony or raised deck by themselves. And even if you have a patio securely planted on terra firma, you should still take a few minutes to make it child-friendly, and always keep an eye on your infant. Here are my suggestions for making your container garden a safe place for you to enjoy a bit of sunshine with your child.

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I was interviewed for this fun article in the Chicago Tribune. It’s all about beautifying container gardens on patios and balconies:

In theory, containers overflowing with flowers, herbs, grasses and vegetables can transform balconies and porches into green and leafy garden retreats.

In reality, the effect is often closer to “Patio dotted with random plants.”

We asked Fern Richardson, author of the new book, “Small-Space Container Gardens: Transform Your Balcony, Porch or Patio With Fruits, Flowers, Foliage & Herbs” (Timber Press), how to bridge the gap.

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Three ways iron planters can improve your small-space container garden

October 16, 2011
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I’m embarassed to admit that Outdoor Iron sent me this planter to review quite some time ago. As you can see from the photos, it’s a very cute planter. I used colorful pots and succulents to add a little interest to a small, narrow space in my parents’ side yard. It sits right under my […]

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Ask Fern Richardson anything! (within reason)

September 12, 2011
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Recently I went down to Mahalo headquarters and filmed a series of video answers to people’s questions about gardening. I shared my thoughts on everything from talking to your plants to pests to how to get a green thumb. Check it out!

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Perhaps one of the grossest pests: Leaf Miners

September 5, 2011
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Have you ever heard of or seen a pest called “leaf miners?” You can identify their damage by spotting the light-colored squiggly path they leave on the surface of new leaves. Inside the light colored path is a thread of something. You know what that thread is? Poop. Or to be more science-y, entomologists call […]

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Horticultural Oils: A Great Organic Pesticide When Used Properly

August 1, 2011
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Do as I say, not as I do. That phrase is such a cop out, but the truth of the matter is that I often give better advice to others than I give to myself.

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Whoa Nelly Was It Windy Today!

April 7, 2011
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I don’t know about your balcony, but mine was getting blown around like crazy today, with a cool spring wind. In case you have a breezy balcony, here is some great advice on dealing with wind: How to Edibles on a Windy Balcony – Wind poses several problems to vegetable container gardens. First, it can damage […]

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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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A View In To Your Brain – Top Searches on Life on the Balcony

December 31, 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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How to Grow Your Own Privacy Screen

September 20, 2010
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I’ve written a lot about privacy, in part because when you literally share walls, ceilings, and floors with other people, you become obsessed. At least I am. In the past I’ve written about reducing noise pollution, using physical objects to create privacy, and a DIY screen of small wooden planter boxes. Today though, I though […]

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