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Spring has sprung my balcony/patio/porch gardening friends! It may not seem like it in your area–all of a sudden it’s gotten cold and rainy in my neck of the woods–but the first day of Spring was yesterday, March 20th. This is all well and good, but for most of the U.S., your last frost date probably won’t be until mid to late April, or even mid May! At first that sounds depressing, but what it really means is that you have lots of time to start some seeds, and get caught up on your garden reading!

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Hear ye, hear ye! Community Container Garden day is finally here! Without further ado, may I present the plants we will be growing this year: ‘Sunspot’ Sunflowers, ‘Purple Petra’ Basil, Garlic Chives, ‘Spacemaster’ Cucumber, and ‘Better Bush’ Tomato. And if growing plants from seed wasn’t cheap enough for you, I’ve arranged with aHa Modern Living to sell the Life on the Balcony Community Container Garden seeds to you at 10% off. Not just the seeds, but whatever you order from aHa Modern Living with this discount code: LOTBseeds.

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Happy Earth Day 2010!

April 22, 2010
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This being Earth Day, I wanted to challenge you to do one thing–make one change–to be more environmentally friendly. Maybe you’re going to commit to not use any pesticides this year, or grow some Asclepias (milkweed) to support your local butterfly population. Sunset Magazine has a whole bunch of Earth-friendly ideas. If you do make […]

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Spring Container Gardening Guide

March 21, 2010
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Spring has sprung! If you’re looking for some good container gardening reading on a lazy Sunday, look no farther than this collection of posts…

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Container Idea Featuring Lemon Zest Petunias

April 30, 2009

I alluded to how much I am in love with lemon zest petunias yesterday, so allow me to show you why I like them so much… Aren’t these just…tasty?! They spill over the sides of pots very nicely, and man-o-man are their yellow and white flowers show stoppers! I paid $5.98 for a petunia, and […]

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Ideas for Edible Container Gardens That are Good Looking In Addition to Good Tasting

March 30, 2009

If my site logs are on to anything, gardeners are REALLY interested in growing edibles in containers. So here goes nothing. Bear with me on the graphics, I’m having some technical issues behind the scenes. But hopefully they’ll get my ideas across. Rosemary, Meet My Friend Strawberry A super easy combo is to plant up […]

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Container Gardening Guide for Spring 2009

March 23, 2009

Spring has sprung! The first official day of Spring was last Friday. Below I’ve put together tons of posts to help you plan and care for your container garden. Be sure to bookmark this post for future reference! Photo by Steve Took It PLANNING How to Plan a Beautiful Balcony Garden: Some ideas and resources […]

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Freshly Brewed Herbal Tea, Growing Right Outside Your Door

March 5, 2009

Herbal teas are refreshing. They can alleviate a number of maladies. And they are really easy to grow and brew. Here’s a simple plan to grow your own herbs for a great tasting, tummy soothing tea. The best part is that these plants are so easy to grow, everyone except the blackest of thumbs should […]

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How to Approach Planning Your Container Garden

January 26, 2009

At the moment, everyone in the gardening world seems to be talking about planning your garden for Spring. But sometimes gardening can be overwhelming. It’s great that there are so many choices out there, but that also means that it requires more work to pick a pots, plants, dirt, fertilizer, etc. Below I’ve tried to […]

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