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Fall Gardening

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While taking a walk around the Queen Village Neighborhood of Philadelphia I spotted this super gorgeous windowbox jam packed with interesting foliage plants perfect for fall. Black Mondo Grass and ornamental cabbages? Yes, please!

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If you have perennial plants (those that live for several years, as opposed to annuals that live only one season) growing in containers, you may be wondering what to do with those plants during winter months. If you live in Southern California or a similarly mild climate, your entire winter plan may involve bringing your pots inside for the one or two nights of below freezing temperatures your area gets each year. However, if you live in an area with weeks or months on end of freezing or near freezing weather, most (or all) of your plants will need to come inside until next spring.

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Fall Container Garden Inspiration

October 20, 2010
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Three Not-So-Usual Flowers for Fall & Winter

October 4, 2010
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Violas, cyclamen, and ornamental kale are typical recommendations for fall gardens. But what if you’re looking for a different, more unique look this fall? I’ve got three suggestions, and I invite you to share your favorite fall flowers in the comments. Together we should be able to make a pretty good list!

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Five Fall Vegetables Worth Trying in Your Balcony Garden

July 27, 2010
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Gardening is both very “here and now” and also forward focused. Yes, most flowers are fleeting and must be enjoyed in the moment. But at the same time, if you want vegetables in the fall, you have to start planting in summer. Here are five vegetables that you may not have tried growing before. And […]

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Autumn Crocus

December 1, 2009
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This past September 26th came and went without a birthday card or any other acknowledgement from my two brothers. I thought they both somehow forgot. It seemed pretty hard to believe. My birthday has been on the 26th of September for the past 28 years, and they were alive for 26 and 19 of those […]

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Happy Thanksgiving!

November 26, 2009
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Thank you very much for reading Life on the Balcony. By far, the best part of writing here is interacting with the people who leave comments or send me emails. I love reading about your gardening experiences and learning from your tips and ideas. I hope you’re having a wonderful Thanksgiving and are enjoying time […]

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Decorating Your Balcony for Halloween

October 23, 2009

I hate Halloween. There. I said it. If there was a bad guy for Halloween–a grinch of some sort–I’d be it. The constantly ringing doorbell (even with my porch light off!) drives me nuts and scares my cats. And then when I open the door, half the time I see teenagers too old to be […]

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How to Protect Your Container Garden From Frost

October 21, 2009

Temperatures usually don’t get cold enough to really harm my plants until January or February here at the beach in So Cal (and then we’re only talking about the low 40s), but I hear that those of you in the rest of the country start getting pretty cold weather about this time of year. 😉 […]

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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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