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One of the challenges of indoor container gardening is water leaking out of the bottom of your pots. Not surprisingly, most people don’t particularly like puddles of water on the floor. There are essentially two options. You could put a saucer underneath your pot, or you could use a cachepot. A cachepot is a spiffy outer pot with no drainage hole. You then put the real pot with drainage holes inside. You get the sleek look of a pot without a saucer, and all water is contained within the cachepot and not puddled on your floor.

And guess what? You can totally make your own cachepot. Here are a couple of ideas…

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The New Sprout Growing On My Balcony

by Fern on March 6, 2013

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Hi guys, long time no blog! While I was pregnant, I just had too much going on to find time to garden, so I put my balcony on hold for awhile. But now that I have my new little sprout here, and he’s sleeping reasonably well (so I am getting some sleep too!) I am thinking about getting back into the swing of things again. What’s going on in your container garden?

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A New Sprout

August 5, 2012

Hi guys! I realize I haven’t posted in a long time, and I’ve gotten a few emails that are concerned that I am ok. Thank you so much for thinking of me! I am just fine, in fact, I’m pregnant! I didn’t realize how exhausting pregnancy can be, which is why I haven’t posted. Please […]

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What do Worms like to Eat?

April 11, 2012
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In case you haven’t heard, I am now a vermicomposter (how could you have missed it, every other word out of my mouth is pretty much about worms! ;-)). I have been feeding them some of my kitchen scraps and it is interesting to see what they like eating and what they don’t. And trust me, […]

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Shameless Succulent Stimulation

March 28, 2012

Since I’ve been talking about succulents a lot lately–Got a bunch of sempervivums all at once, gotta figure out projects for all those bad boys!–I thought I would keep up with the theme and share some photos from my recent trip to the Bay Area. One of my favorite things I did while up there […]

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Discount Code for Container Gardeners

December 2, 2011
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Hey guys! Gavin from UZPlanters.com contacted me and shared a discount code that LOTB readers can use to get 10% off any of the containers they sell. Simply type in LOTBPlanters at checkout. I noticed that they sell many of the products I’ve featured here on Life on the Balcony, such as Woolly Pockets and […]

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Have a Gardening Question?

August 29, 2011

I’m going to be shooting some video(s) with Mahalo later this week that will answer various gardening questions. If you have a burning question, ask it right here: Ask a Garden Blogger Anything. Curious what the video will be like? You can check out their other video answers on the Mahalo YouTube channel.

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New Pallet Garden at Eat Real Fest!

July 15, 2011
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Hey Angelenos! Need something to do this Carmageddon weekend?! I will be speaking at Eat Real Fest on Saturday at 11 am! I will be showing off a new pallet garden with gorgeous butterfly and bee friendly plants, as well as talking about smart ideas for small-space edible gardens. I have free plants to give […]

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What’s Yours is Yours, and What’s Mine is (Apparently) NOT Mine

June 22, 2011

Did you have a chance to read my recent post on growing tomatoes? Did you like the black pot with pink fleur-de-lis? How about my neat purple cage to match my purple heirloom variety tomato? I sure liked all three quite a lot. But that didn’t stop someone from stealing them. Not to mention my […]

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Is This Balcony Garden Illegal?

May 26, 2011
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After three years in law school and a lifetime of contrarian thinking, Mike Lieberman’s post about a building inspector suggesting his balcony garden violated LA City fire code (or possibly building codes) raised the hair on the back of my neck. Something similar happened to me when the woman who manages my condo’s home owners’ […]

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