Community Container Garden

by Fern on February 24, 2011

in Community Garden,Fruits & Vegetables,Spring Gardening

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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.

Full disclosure: I get nothing but the satisfaction that you saved some money if you buy your seeds from aHa Modern Living. :-)

Here’s the deal. You don’t have to grow these five plants. There is no garden police officer that is going to come knocking on your door to check your container garden. BUT, I thought it would be so much FUN if we all could compare notes about the same plants throughout the season. I have lots of posts planned with container ideas, combination suggestions, growing tips, and of course, recipes! I really hope you’ll join in. To kick things off, I shared a guest post over on the aHa Modern Living blog with tips for seed starting success, as well as one idea for growing all five plants in a single planter box.

By the way, to make chatting about growing these plants easier, I’ve created a message board for us all to use. I hope you guys will jump on over and get the edible garden conversation started. I’m still tweaking things over there, so be on the lookout for a prettier version of the message board soon.

Let the seed sowing begin!!!

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Mary C. February 24, 2011 at 11:51 am

HOORAH! And I’ve already got seeds for Purple Petra basil and the garlic chives! Gonna stick with the tomatos and cucs I already have planned for this season – but I’m gonna find some Sunspot Sunflowers!

Thanks again Fern!


Fern February 24, 2011 at 12:16 pm

Mary–I just talked to Jayme of aHa Modern Living and she said she is going to get the individual seeds up shortly. So hang tight, you should be able to buy just the sunflower seeds by the weekend. :-)

Megan February 24, 2011 at 1:06 pm

Sounds great, Fern! I’m going definitely do chives and purple petra basil! Thanks for setting this all up :)


Fern February 24, 2011 at 9:07 pm

Cool! Glad you’re going to join in Megan! Don’t forget to head on over to the message board and introduce yourself!

Christina February 24, 2011 at 5:47 pm

I’ll definitely be up for the sunflowers and purple basil. Can’t wait to start them. Great choices, and I love the way they can all be grown together.

Nice work, Fern.


Fern February 24, 2011 at 9:05 pm

Glad to have you on board Christina! Check out the messageboard when you have a chance, I’d love it if you helped get the conversation started over there!

jess February 24, 2011 at 6:28 pm

I like the idea of this a lot. I always wonder if my results are good or bad or dependent on my varieties. How will we account for different zones, frost dates, temperatures, etc?


Fern February 24, 2011 at 9:04 pm

Jess–When we talk about our failures and successes, remind me to be specific about zones, exposures, etc. Maybe we’ll find out that the tomato does really well in one climate, but not in others. Or that the sunflower didn’t have enough time to develop seeds in areas with shorter summers. We shall see!

Eva February 24, 2011 at 7:46 pm

I’m in for the basil and the chives. I think I’ve already got the cukes too. Sounds like a fun group project!


Fern February 24, 2011 at 9:02 pm

Glad to have you Eva! I hope you’ll check out the message board and introduce yourself! :-)

Ben February 24, 2011 at 8:26 pm

How much sunlight do you think this (the all in 1 pot idea) needs? I ask because the only good spot for me would be on a western exposure which gets only about 4 hours of sun.


Fern February 24, 2011 at 9:01 pm

Ben–Tomatoes and sunflowers really need 6+hours of sunlight. The others could tolerate doing with less.

ramya February 25, 2011 at 2:19 pm

Just got my seeds from your website! Hope it works for me. I wanted to try a flowering plant and tomato, glad you picked it.


Jennifer February 25, 2011 at 2:21 pm

Can I cheat and put in transplants rather than seeds?


Fern February 26, 2011 at 9:20 pm

Jennifer–No one is going to monitor your containers to confirm that you’ve grown them from seed. ;-) But you may have a hard time finding the exact same tomato, cucumber, and sunflower as transplants.

Lindsey Jones February 27, 2011 at 8:33 pm

I am so in! Yeay! I can’t wait to share pics and recipes!


Fern February 28, 2011 at 7:05 pm

Can’t wait to see your pics and recipes Lindsey!

Mary March 1, 2011 at 11:52 pm

How awesome!! I was thinking of what new to grow this summer and now I have my answer.


Cherry Walker March 10, 2011 at 1:39 pm

Thanks for all the great suggestions! I am preparing my container garden this weekend!


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