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Reverse Engineering Some of P. Allen Smith’s Container Designs

May 5, 2011
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While in Little Rock at Garden2Blog, I got to see many gorgeous containers that P. Allen Smith and his crew have designed for their clients, the Original Garden Home Retreat, and his home at Moss Mountain Farm. It’s no surprise that the containers were super gorgeous, so that was one part of the trip that […]

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The Joys of Gardening in an Urban Area?

May 1, 2011
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As many of you know, I am a big fan of gardening at work. It’s a great way for those of us with little space at home to expand our gardening opportunities. But gardening in urban areas always brings an element of…surprise isn’t the right word. Whimsy is more accurate, if you have a dark […]

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I’m Headed to Garden2Blog!

April 25, 2011
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In case you haven’t heard, author and TV show host P. Allen Smith has invited a bunch of bloggers to visit his hometown of Little Rock, Arkansas for a whole bunch of gardening fun (airfare and hotel included)*. The event is called Garden2Blog, and yours truly is one of the bloggers he invited! I’m leaving […]

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Be Honest: Who Has Already Killed Some Plants?

April 18, 2011
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Those of you who follow the LOTB Facebook page know which plants I have inadvertently executed, but before I publish a full mea culpa, I want all of you to go on record. So fess up, who has killed at least one plant in 2011?

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My First Ever Newspaper Article Was Published!

April 2, 2011
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I’m so excited! My friend Cindy McNatt helped me submit an article to the Orange County Register, and it was published in the paper today! Squee! The article is about plants that are easy to grow in containers. Read about herbs & vegetables that are perfect for pots.

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Japanese Earthquake & Tsunami

March 11, 2011

It was shocking to see the video last night of a very large earthquake and subsequent tsunami in northern Japan. My thoughts and prayers are with those affected by the disaster. I know I’ve chatted with several container gardeners in Japan. I hope you guys are okay.

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Community Container Garden

February 16, 2011
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I have an exciting project in mind, and I want to gauge your interest. I was thinking that we could have a virtual community garden, connecting balconies and patios all over the place. We would share our failures and successes, encourage each other, and generally have a lot of fun growing our own fruit, veg, […]

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Let’s Design a Balcony Garden Together!

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 […]

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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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See You After Thanksgiving!

November 15, 2010

I’m in the midst of finishing up projects like this in the last few weeks before my book is due to my publisher. I need to take a break from blogging so I can dedicate 100% of my time to finishing it on time. So, what is that picture up there? Remember when I was […]

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