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Allium is the name of a great genus of plants for container gardeners. “Allium” literally means “garlic” in Latin, but botanically speaking, it includes onions, chives, and ornamental flowers as well. They all grow from bulbs and all have grass-like or tubular leaves with an onion/garlic scent to them when you brush up against the leaves. Because of their bulbous nature, they tend to be able to survive a bit of neglect, great for beginners and lazy gardeners!

Here’s how to grow several different type of edible alliums on your patio, porch, balcony, roof top, or anywhere else you can stick a pot…

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Violas, cyclamen, chrysanthemums and ornamental kale are mainstays of fall container gardens. But what if you’re looking for a different, more unique look this fall? Why not tuck in a few herbs—especially ones you can use in your Thanksgiving feast!—to add a little spice to traditional fall flower pots? Read More >>>

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Let’s Start Talking Pots for the Community Container Garden

April 11, 2011
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Are you participating in the community container garden? I sure hope so! But even if you’re not, it’s still important to know what sized pot goes with what kind of edible plants. Tomatoes will not be happy living in a 10 inch pot for the entire summer. Nope. No way! But chives? They’re much more […]

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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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A Little of This, A Little of That 10/1

October 1, 2010

Great Container Gardening Links Shipping Pallet Herb Garden – Mike showcases a neat way to grow vertically using a shipping pallet and some bottles rescued from the recycle bin. I Hate Patio Tomatoes – Kerry shares why she thinks you should skip the patio varieties and just grow the regular sized tomatoes. How to Satisfy […]

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How to Turn a Dingy Old BBQ into an Herb Container Garden

August 13, 2010
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Awhile back I heard about repurposing a mini-BBQ into an herb planter. I loved it, knew I wanted to try it myself, and immediately set about trying to track down a small grill on Craigslist. Buying anything on Craigslist is always an interesting experience, you get exposed to such a bizarre element of society. But […]

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Container Gardening Grab Bag 7/2

July 2, 2010
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Container Gardening Blog Posts This is a neat shot of Marie of 66 Square Feet’s terrace. Also, check out her roof farm. Almost everyone can use frugal gardening tips these days. Mike over at Urban Organic Gardener has got you covered. Adriana has a roundup of photos from her Anarchy in the Garden booth at […]

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So…You Waited Until June 22 to Think About Your Edible Container Garden?!

June 22, 2010
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Raise your hand if you’d really like to grow a tomato or eggplant or some basil, but you just sort of kind of got around to thinking about maybe growing something. Yeah, I thought there’d be a few of you out there. Well, I’m here to tell you you’re screwed. You waited too long and […]

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Don’t Forget to Snap Photos of Your Herb Garden!

May 14, 2010
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If you’d like to win the handpainted herb pots and wire caddy pictured above, you need to take a photo of your herb garden and add it to the LOTB Facebook fan page (if you’re not a fan already, you need to “like” the page before Facebook will allow you to add a photo). More […]

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CONTEST: Win Stylish Herb Pots!

May 11, 2010
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A very generous Life on the Balcony benefactor has donated beautiful clay pots hand painted with images of oregano, basil, and parsley for this contest prize. The pots come with a bronze-finished wire caddy. I have to tell you, they are sitting in their box downstairs, and it was very hard for me to part […]

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