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Let’s Talk Potting Soil

by Fern on March 5, 2011

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My car smells like cow manure, thanks to the bags of potting soil I have in the back. Can’t say that it smells bad either. I’ve been looking forward to finishing the book so I could get out on my balcony again. Which got me to thinking, what kind of potting soil do you all use?

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Would You Like to Participate in a LOTB Seed Scarification Experiment?

April 6, 2010
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In my post the other day, Shari mentioned that it would be interesting to get a lot of data about seed scarification, and suggested that it would be fun if LOTB readers all participated in the same seed scarification experiment I’m conducting right now. I think that is an AWESOME idea! Who’s with us?! I’m […]

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Smart Pot Comparison – Choosing the Plants

February 26, 2010
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Yesterday I posted about my plans to compare a fabric pot called “Smart Pot” to a regular plastic pot. You can win a Smart Pot to help me with my test by leaving a comment on that post. But now I need your help deciding what to plant in my Smart Pots. Please vote in […]

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What’s Your Container Gardening Style?

February 11, 2010
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Moving to the condo gave me a lot of opportunity to consider my container gardening style. I had lived for so long (at least for me) at my apartment, that my garden had become more of a hodge podge than anything else. When I moved I really wanted to make my new balcony into an […]

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Are You a Total Veg Head, Flowers-Only, Or Somewhere In Between?

January 21, 2010
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I don’t know about you guys, but I have been giddily flipping through all of the seed catalogs I’ve received of late. It’s always hard for me to decide how many flowering and foliage plants to pot up versus how many vegetables, fruits and herbs. That’s part of the reason why I like edibles that […]

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What Was Your Favorite Life on the Balcony Post of 2009?

December 21, 2009
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We’re getting to that time of year when “Best of…” lists become popular, and I’m not immune. Of course, I have my favorites, but I thought I’d include a reader’s favorite too. The posts included in the polls are the ten posts with the most pageviews in 2009. Vote below for the post you enjoyed […]

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When Do You Stop Gardening Outdoors

October 18, 2009

All of my herbs are still going strong, as are all of my perennial flowers (which I think is pretty much everything, I didn’t plant any annuals). I have cut down most of my hot season edibles, like the pepperoncinis, Grand Mariconi, and bell peppers. While we still have occasional days of 80/90 degree weather, […]

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Other Than Gardening, What Activities Take Up Your Free Time?

September 20, 2009

As I was planning the next few months of “off” season posts, I began to wonder what kind of activities other balcony gardeners enjoy when they’re not out amongst their container garden? I bet a lot of us enjoy cooking, it seems that it goes hand in hand with gardening. But what else do you […]

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Edibles? Ornamentals? Both? What Do You Grow On Your Balcony/Patio?

August 4, 2009

Lately I’ve been thinking more and more about converting my flower pots to food pots. I guess the idea of growing your own has really hit the national conscience. I’m curious, what do you all grow on your balcony or patio? It would be pretty difficult to grow all your own food in such a […]

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