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Icon 1 posted April 29, 2009 07:12      Profile for fs   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
If we didn't have cats, I would do a lot more balcony gardening. As it is, I'm restricted to the one little shelving unit that we've covered in chicken wire to provide a plant safe environment. (Kind of... they reach in through the wire and unpot things. I wonder if I could electrify it?)

10 Inspiring Gardens for Growing Food in Small Space from ApartmentTherapy.com

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And this is a cool idea too:

Gutter Gardens Grow Produce Without Taking Up Space via LifeHacker.com

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Icon 1 posted April 29, 2009 07:37      Profile for Stereo     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Yes! I've had a balcony garden for a few years now. Half produces, half flowers. This year, I'll have a lot of lettuce, since last year's plants have seeded my other pots. I'll have a lot of peppers too. I have two jalapenos, a blue pepper, and I have a mix of colors, although they didn't all grow up. Then I will have carrots, peas, shallots, and garlic. Lots of garlic: I plant them around my rose bush. And perhaps some spinach. Oh, and my two blueberry bushes survived through winter, although my teaberries are not looking that good.

On the flower side, as I said, I have a rose bush, plus I have just planted a lot of sweet peas, and a few other for my front railguard which name I have forgotten. Oh, and I should have some marigold too. Last year, I tried a dwarf variety of sunflower, but the result wasn't exactly spectacular.

And, I must say, this is one of the reason I want to get a house: so I have more space for trying new species.

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Icon 1 posted April 29, 2009 07:42      Profile for fs   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Sounds great Stereo! I'd love to see some pictures of how you have to set up, if you've got any.

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Icon 1 posted April 29, 2009 10:38      Profile for TheMoMan         Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
_____________________ fs __ I wonder if I could electrify it?

One word answer "Yes"

Question how forgetful are you?

I became acquainted with electric fences at about 6 or 7 and have been around them the rest of my life. Dogs and cats once educated to that hurts will pay attention to the fence, and they can hear the wire ring as the charger fires. It does make a ringing sound, so they will know when it is on. I do not know if cats will do this but one of our Siberians learned the timing and would jump through the fence between pulses.

I once had a large dog run full of deer that were afraid to leave because they had gotten in and got shocked trying to exit. They make a bleating sound like sheep when shocked. its pathetic to hear.

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Now I know why Santa didn't bring me a toy firetruck that one year [Mad]

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quote:
Originally posted by TheMoMan:
_____________________ fs __ I wonder if I could electrify it?

One word answer "Yes"

Question how forgetful are you?

I think we're going to get a smaller mesh that they can't fit their destructive little feet through. I did see these wall mounted planters which gave me some more ideas on how we might go about having a cat-proof indoor herb garden. I'll have to look around, since I'm not a fan of the fish scale looking design.

In other gardening news, I came across a list of plants that bees like (and I like bees) and more balcony gardening ideas.

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pictures of my current small space garden. Conatined, 11 tomato plants, 16 strawberry plants, 1 squash, 1 pepper and 1 physalis. All prospecierara plants (rare species of these plants).

http://i85.photobucket.com/albums/k41/davidtagliaferri/P1010250.jpg
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http://i85.photobucket.com/albums/k41/davidtagliaferri/P1010251.jpg
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Edit...

and the listing of the tomato species...(these are not your grandmothers red tomatoes, they are green, purple black, striped yellow and of all shapes and sizes.

Black Cherry PSR
Black Plum PSR
Pomodorrini di Sardegna
Purple Cherokee
San Marzano
Zürcher Original PSR
Tigerella
Teton de Venus jaune
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I would love to have a balcony garden, but alas, I have no balcony. [cry baby]

The only possible option I might have would be an indoor, light-assisted garden; that might raise some suspicions, though...

"Seriously, officer, they're only tomatoes!"

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No balcony, no patio. Not even a place to hang out a window box (such is life halfway underground). And my fscking cat knocks over potted plants.

*sigh*

One day, I will have a house with a yard and then I can have a big dog and a garden. Barring that, I'll at least have a place where I can have a window box.

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quote:
Originally posted by MacManKrisK:
I would love to have a balcony garden, but alas, I have no balcony. [cry baby]

The only possible option I might have would be an indoor, light-assisted garden; that might raise some suspicions, though...

"Seriously, officer, they're only tomatoes!"

[Razz]

Or as in Dollhouse:
[while badly trying to hide indoor vegetation with his body]
Carrots.
Uh, medicinal carrots.

(and yes, I took a screenshot of Hulu for that...)

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I'm back with another necro [shake head]

Grummash Towers has no garden, and only one windowsill that the cats can't reach, so my crop of Rocket is limited to this single planter, until I can build a little cat-proof lean-to.

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