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Hi, I'm new here and also new to container gardening. I don't know why I never thought of it before, but suddenly, about a week ago I got the idea to grow vegetables on our apartment balcony.

I know nothing about gardening but I can't wait. I requested the book "The Bountiful Container" from the library and plan to start next week.

I would appreciate any guidance from those here with experience. I live in Northern California. Right now the temperature highs are in the 70s and low 80s. The lows are in the high 40s and low 50s. My balcony doesn't get a lot of direct sun, maybe only an hour or two.

What would be ideal to grow in terms of organic vegetables? I love carrots, peppers, sugar snap peas, lettuce, cucumbers, spinach, soybeans, and probably some other veggies I can't think of now....

Thanks for your help!

Tianna


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Hi Tianna--it's been a while since you've posted so I'm wondering what you decided to plant and how it's going?

One thing I've learned is that you really need a good potting soil with fertilizer included in the mix--Miracle Grow is good one. I also find that starting from seed really yields stronger and healthier plants than the ones purchased at the nursery.

A website I've found is www.yougrowgirl.com that has great hints for container gardening and seed starting!

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I am getting a very late start but decided to plant a tomato in a container and get some radish and letter seed for another container. We have a lot of deer and rabbits in our neighborhood and I hope this might be a way to grow some vegetables. I'll take a whack at it.

I purchased Miracle Gro moisture control soil for the containers. It holds the moister and it has fertilizer. Miracle Gro is excellent so I figured I couldn't go too wrong.

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I have a terrible rabbit problem, last year as well as this year, I have tomatoes, and peppers in containers. They actually grew very well in them (they are pretty large)and it did somewhat deter the rabbits. I have tried every trick in the book and if they are hungry they will munch on them too. I got up bright and early one morning to find a bunny sitting in the planter having breakfast! I put wind chimes in the pots now it looks like that is working. Good Luck with yours.

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That's an idea - windchimes. I purchased a marglobe plant. It grows about 36 inches tall. Last night after I planted it, we had rain. It is very perky today. I also purchased a planter for radishes and lettuce. I thought I had seed but will have to go out and buy a package of each. I've decided to give up feeding the hummingbirds this year. So, I'll try to find a hanging planter wutg something good to eat.

My mother nurtured a small "wax rose" - a ground cover/cacti of some sort. It was a cutting from something her mother had and she died in 1954 so it is now my turn to nurture the plant. It was on the deck last year and did beautifully but one morning I noticed something had been nibbling. Do you think it would have been a rabbit on the deck?

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The miracle grow soil is excellent stuff, Angie. You can't go wrong.
I'm doing upside down tomatoes this year and they're doing terrific. No pest problems or staking and the bunnies can't shimmy up the poles! wink

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Originally Posted By: gorgeousred

I'm doing upside down tomatoes this year and they're doing terrific. No pest problems or staking and the bunnies can't shimmy up the poles! wink


What are upside down tomatoes?

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I've found that bunnies continue to eat almost anything! (even the things that are supposed to repel them), Also mentioned were the upsidedown tomatoes, I've always seen them adbertised and never did purchase. I'm glad to hear that they are growing well, keep us posted on the progress of them.

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My radishes are doing well in the flower pots on the deck. The lettuce didn't germinate though.

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Woowie! I've got a tomato! It's probably be ready to eat while I'm on vacation :-(

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