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When I was just under two years old, I fell off my parent’s second story balcony. I was playing out there when I saw our cat Yaz in a nearby tree. I reached for the cat and fell through the railings. Luckily I landed on grass and while I fractured my skull, the fracture was along one of the sutures and I didn’t suffer any brain damage. I always thought it was funny that I fell off the balcony, but my mom, who was the one who found me, never could laugh about it. Now as a mom myself, I can empathize with how it must have felt to see your baby lying on the ground beneath your balcony.

So, as you can imagine, I’ve been worrying and researching about balcony garden safety from pretty much the moment I found out I was pregnant. Obviously you should never leave a baby or small child on a balcony or raised deck by themselves. And even if you have a patio securely planted on terra firma, you should still take a few minutes to make it child-friendly, and always keep an eye on your infant. Here are my suggestions for making your container garden a safe place for you to enjoy a bit of sunshine with your child.

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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 many shapes and colors of leaves. And they’re totally easy to grow. Here’s how…

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Get your DIY on with “Concrete Garden Projects”

October 24, 2011
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While emailing recently with my publisher (Timber Press), I discovered they had just published a new book called Concrete Garden Projects by Malin Nilsson and Camilla Arvidsson. The cover had such cute star-shaped containers planted with spring bulbs that I knew this was a book I wanted to read. Luckily Timber was willing to oblige my […]

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Three ways iron planters can improve your small-space container garden

October 16, 2011
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I’m embarassed to admit that Outdoor Iron sent me this planter to review quite some time ago. As you can see from the photos, it’s a very cute planter. I used colorful pots and succulents to add a little interest to a small, narrow space in my parents’ side yard. It sits right under my […]

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Mushroom Growing Follow Up

May 23, 2011
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When I first posted about the mushroom kit I was trying out, it didn’t really look like mushrooms. It looked like a box with a brick of…something. But it looks a lot more like mushrooms now!

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Here’s Something Even Those With NO Outdoor Space Can Grow!

May 10, 2011
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My kitchen sink has been turned into a mushroom kit soaking pool. It’s kind of a jerry-rigged setup right now, with the blue casserole dish waying down the mushroom pack so that it can soak in enough water. Yep. A company called Back to the Roots found me and sent me one of their mushroom […]

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The Accessorized Garden – Ornaments & Art

April 7, 2011
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Cool Garden-y Stuff on Etsy

March 9, 2011
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Have you clicked around on Etsy.com yet? If not, you’re seriously missing out. It is a site that allows incredibly talented craftspeople to create their own little storefronts. Anyway, while killing time recently, I was looking around Etsy to see what neat gardening and garden-inspired things there might be on the site. Check out what […]

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5 Garden Gifts to Give if You’re a Multi Millionaire

December 6, 2010
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I was planning on coming up with a serious gift guide, but then I found a watering can that is two hundred and sixty-nine dollars. For that amount of money, the darn thing better have some bling! The imp in me decided to change gears and come up with a list of garden gifts for […]

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A Little of This, A Little of That 10/21

October 22, 2010

Great Container Gardening Links Check out the neat handmade home & garden shop called Dirt Couture. Think carefully curated, garden-inspired Etsy. I especially love these tiny ceramic mushrooms. Speaking of garden ornaments, Amy of Green Gardenista is having contest on her blog and the prize is a cute metal crow. I’m totally in love with […]

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