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Succulent Frame Made With Sempervivums

March 20, 2012
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If you’re a fan of Life on the Balcony’s Facebook page then you probably know that I recently bought some neat sempervivums from Arrowhead Alpine Nursery. I have several projects in mind for these succulents, but the first is this photo frame, filled with little semps. I am going to be a horrible tease though, […]

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Wormalicious Giveaway!

March 19, 2012
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UPDATE: Congratulations Anna, you’re the winner! Now that I have my own worms composting away on my balcony, I think everyone (okay, “almost” everyone) should have worms composting their food scraps and junk mail too. Just call me your friendly vermivangelist. Get it? OK. Sorry for all the bad worm jokes these past few posts. […]

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1000 Red Wigglers Are Doing Their Thing in My Worm Factory 360

March 16, 2012
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In addition to receiving Amy Stewart’s book, The Earth Moved, I also received a Worm Factory 360 to review. Now you know why her book re-launch is to blame for the fact that I own so many Red Wiggler worms. I have to say, it is incredibly fun to share worm facts (I have been […]

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GUEST POST: Sprouting For Healthy Eating

March 12, 2012
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I am so excited to share this guest post about sprouting (which is a container garden of sorts…) by Phil Nauta. He is a SOUL Certified Organic Land Care Professional and author of the book Building Soils Naturally, coming out in Spring 2012. He has taught for Gaia College and been a director for The […]

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Beautiful Baby Salad Greens

March 2, 2012
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Ornamental edibles are all the rage these days. Which is kind of funny, because the edibles haven’t changed at all, it’s just that we’re all noticing how beautiful (i.e. “ornamental) they are. Take mesclun salad mixes, for example. Did you ever take a moment to notice how beautiful baby lettuce leaves are? There are so […]

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My What a Difference 3 1/2 Years Make!

February 23, 2012
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People often ask, “Can you really cram succulents in there like that? Won’t they quickly out grow the arrangement?” Well… The image above is two shots of the exact same container. The photo on the left was taken in July of 2008 and the photo on the right is from just a week or two […]

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A Tail of Two Sedums

February 17, 2012
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Have you ever heard of the succulent called Donkey’s Tail? Perhaps you heard it called Burro’s Tail instead? There are actually two different but very similar succulents that are both called those names. Sedum morganum and Sedum burrito. Can you tell the difference between the two plants shown in the photo?

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Succulent in Seattle

February 1, 2012
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Five Things Friday: Citrus

January 27, 2012
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I’m starting a new series called “Five Things Friday.” Each Friday, I’ll share links to five articles all curated around a theme. This week, all of the links will be related citrus trees. Growing them. Eating their fruit. The pests that bother them. Etc. While I have your attention, I want to invite you to […]

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Grow Some Tangy Citrus in Your Container Garden

January 5, 2012
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This post has been rumbling around in my head for quite some time. Citrus trees are among container gardeners’ favorite victims fruit trees, so I don’t know why it has taken me so long to put my thoughts down in a blog post. I have had several citrus trees, including blood oranges and tangerines. Though […]

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