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March 18th, 2009

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03:58 pm - balcony garden
I decided to start container gardening on my balcony.  I have never had much success with plants.  I really want to make a good go of this, and today I went to a real garden store to get some seedlings and advice.  My balcony faces east, so it gets sun only in the morning.  I would be surprised if it gets a full five hours a day because there is an overhang, so they recommended against tomatoes.  I picked up some peppers, eggplants, and lettuces along with a LOT of herbs: rosemary, thyme, oregano, basil, Thai basil, lemon balm, lemongrass, cilantro, various mint varieties, dill, and some that I can't remember right now.  I also got some good potting soil and fertilizer.  I have never used fertilizer before, and I think that might have hurt some of my plants.  Unfortunately the place I went didn't have cheap pots, and I think I'll need a lot of pots, so I'll need to go to Home Depot today or tomorrow so I can transplant them soon.  I cook with a lot of herbs anyway, and I think it will be fun to start adding more fresh herbs to my salads.  It seems a very fancy thing to do, and I love fancy salads.  I might change my mind and go pick up some cherry tomatoes anyway and just see if I can grow some despite my lack of sun.  I also picked up some seeds for plants they didn't have out, so I might try starting some beets, bok choy, chard, or edamame too.  It might be a little too late for them for the spring, but I won't use all the seeds, so I'll try again in the late summer/fall.  I'm going to try to be a good plant mommy this time so I can reap the profits (aka delicious salads) for months to come.
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Date:April 15th, 2009 04:02 pm (UTC)
Go Veranda!!

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