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Gardening Without a Garden: 10 Ideas for Your Patio or Balcony — From the Archives: Greatest Hits

Gardening Without a Garden: 10 Ideas for Your Patio or Balcony — From the Archives: Greatest Hits

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Making Your Own Container Water Garden Do you love the idea of a pond, but don't have an actual yard to place one in? No fear — you can cultivate a mini watery paradise on your balcony or terrace with very little effort by creating a container water garden. By selecting a variety of plants and containers, you can create an customized water garden in any outdoor space that receives six hours of sunlight every day (a little bit less if you are using bog plants). Small-container water gardens are actually a collection of submerged potted plants, which makes them easy to set up and to rearrange at will. You can use just about any container to start your water garden, but pots with dark interiors give an impression of greater depth, discourage algae growth, and make algae less obvious when it does grow. Best of all, most water plants are tough so the garden is low maintenance, and even those of us with a black thumb have a chance because they are generally hard to kill.

Vertical Organic Gardening Tips A few years back I was leading an old friend through my garden, all the while bemoaning my lack of growing space, when he suddenly interrupted me and asked, "Why do people build skyscrapers?" What this had to do with my overcrowded garden, I hadn't a clue. "So they can cram a lot of people into a place without using up much ground room?" I ventured. Vertical Gardening Tips - Organic Gardening A few years back I was leading an old friend through my garden, all the while bemoaning my lack of growing space, when he suddenly interrupted me and asked, "Why do people build skyscrapers?" What this had to do with my overcrowded garden, I hadn't a clue. "So they can cram a lot of people into a place without using up much ground room?" I ventured.

Plants For A Future : 7000 Edible, Medicinal & Useful Plants Recommended this month Permaculture News: Permaculture International Research Network (PIRN) and Free Research Handbook Research is one of the five key areas of the UK Permaculture Association's work. HOW TO: CARE FOR YOUR SUCCULENTS 28th February 2013 Although people often say that you don’t have to do anything to keep succulents alive and they’re perfect for people with a less than green thumb, I’ve learnt through trial and error that that’s not quite true. Over the last couple of years I’ve had dozens of succulent and cactus plants in our apartment (remember these cute little guys?) but have never been able to make them flourish. I recently decided to invest in a fresh batch and while I was at it I quizzed the nursery owner (a loud talking Mr Ho) and found out that complete neglect of your cacti and succulents is just as likely to kill them as too much love.

Ottawa SIP Balcony Garden in the Sky This SIP balcony garden is on the 20th floor of an Ottawa, Ontario hi-rise. The garden belongs to Lamersize and Z who have done a great job of blogging about their balcony gardening success with homemade sub-irrigation planters (SIPs, aka erroneously as "self-watering"). Scan through their blog for more photos. Benefits of SIPs are higher productivity in the range of +50%, less water usage in the range of -90% vs "drench and drain" and there is no run-off that could annoy neighbors below. These systems are self-contained. Don't let anyone tell you that you need drain holes in plant containers.

The Living Wall Hack So I haven't been here for a while! I guess it is time for me to start writing what I have been up to again. I have had the hydroponics project hanging over my head for too long now, but I ended up moving from my Beverly Hills apartment in Jamaica to a New Kingston "centrally located" apartment. This meant that I no longer had the space to setup the system. FAIL 1. Urban Agriculture: A Guide to Container Gardens A Guide to Container Gardens With inexpensive containers and suitable soil mix,you can create an urban garden virtually anywhere - on roof tops,vacant city lots, borwn fields, and unused portion of parking lots Job S. Ebenezer, Ph.D.President, Technology for the Poor, 877 PELHAM COURT, WESTERVILLE, OHIO - 43081technologyforthepoor@yahoo.com It is estimated that by 2030 AD nearly 50% of the world’s population may live in urban areas. As a consequence of this many millions of acres of productive farmland are expected to be lost to housing and other usage.

Let the Fish do the work Starting up an aquaponic gardening system can be a rather easy job, particularly for those who have already tried the hydroponic system. Aquaponic gardening system – Let the fish do the work Yet, many people still have doubts about the efficiency of such a system. beginner guide to growing chile peppers By Julian Livsey This guide is for anyone who has somehow hit on the idea that it would be fun to grow chile peppers. You haven't grown them before, perhaps you haven't really grown anything before. After a bit of research on the internet you are completely overwhelmed by the advice and information; not sure where to begin. thechileman website is not aimed at the prefessional growers, yet when we start talking in the guides about vermiculite and heated propagators it may make you wonder whether growing chile peppers is for you afterall.

SIP Tote Boxes Overhead view of a sub-irrigated planter (SIP) made from a green plastic tote box. Water/Oxygen reservoir(s) system made from recycled 1/2 gallon milk containers. An overflow drain tube connects from the top height of one of the milk containers (4") to the outside. NOTE: There are holes (large slots) in the bottoms of the milk containers. Water flows along the bottom of the tote box and rises to fill each of the reservoirs limited by the height of the overflow drain tube (4").

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