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Stylish DIY Container for the Balcony Gardener on a Budget

June 29, 2010
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Being on a budget doesn’t have to mean using ugly containers. If you’re willing to put a little elbow grease into converting a cheap plastic pot into something unique and stylish, then you can have nice looking pots for less than $20. Hunt down garage sales and scour Craig’s List to find inexpensive pots. Then […]

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Expanding Your Growing Space – Gardening at Work

June 1, 2010
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If you want to put a substantial dent in your grocery bill, you are most likely going to have to grow edible plants in more places than just your balcony. One option is community gardening, but not everyone has that opportunity. Another is to convince your employer to let you garden on a portion of […]

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A Simple, Yet High-Impact Container Idea

May 4, 2010
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I really shouldn’t post this today, I should wait until all the flowers are blooming to photograph and share it. But I couldn’t resist, I am so excited by this combo. Since I grew so many ‘Spitfire’ Nasturtiums for the GROW Project, I’ve decided to incorporate the fiery red-orange of the flowers into my overall scheme this […]

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What Type of Tomato Is Easy to Grow in a Container?

March 24, 2010
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Lots o’ people out there are gearing up to plant themselves a good ole fashioned vegetable garden. Or in the case of us balcony gardeners, a not-so-old-fashioned container vegetable garden. People are super enthusiatic and thrilled to be outside soaking up sunshine and thinking about sticking their hands in some good quality potting soil. That is […]

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3 Great Ways to Increase the Amount of Vegetables You Can Grow on a Balcony

March 18, 2010
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I have to forewarn you, these ideas are not pretty. If you read high-end gardening magazines and fantasize about having an award winning garden designer create a garden on your deck, then just skip this post. But if your number one goal is to grow as many fruits, vegetables, and herbs as possible, then read […]

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5 Plants You Can Use to Add Privacy To Your Balcony

March 9, 2010
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Living in an apartment or condo means living really close to other people. I’ve been rudely reminded of that lately, as my upstairs neighbor has decided to rearrange their furniture late at night. But the closeness can also be felt outside, on your balcony or patio too. Inconsiderate neighbors may use their balcony as a […]

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Creating a Cocktail Garden on Your Balcony

March 2, 2010
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I had planned a post for today about ironic animal statuary. Alas, that post will have to wait for another day. Yesterday I saw a great idea for a garden mentioned on Twitter, and I just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to share it. @FromFarmToTable tweeted that she’s reinstating cocktail hour come spring and invited […]

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Carnival: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Edible Container Gardening

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I am so excited to publish the very first Life on the Balcony Blog Carnival! Thank a million times over to all of the people who participated. Without further ado, I give you a plethora of great posts on edible container gardening for your reading pleasure…

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10 Questions to Ask Yourself When Planning Your Container Garden This Year

January 15, 2010
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This is the time of year when everyone goes crazy with seed and plant catalogs. Who can resist gorgeous photos of vegetables and flowers with equally tantalizing descriptions? It doesn’t help that the catalog deluge hits mid-winter when people are feeling a little cabin fever. But if you want to have a happy, healthy container […]

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Goodbye 2009, Hello 2010!

December 31, 2009
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In order to bring in the good things that I hope 2010 has to come, I thought I would get started on the last day of 2009 with something special for Life on the Balcony readers. I really appreciate the comments, support, and suggestions, and wanted to give you all something to say “Thanks!”

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