It's nice to see you here Mary, we're glad you joined the team. Welcome! Carol
Growing from seed is cheaper than buying plants but for seeds you will need starter pots. How to use newspapers wrapped around a glass+ (black & white only not colored newsprint) instead of buying peat pots or starter pots: www.youtube.com/results?search_query =n ewspaper+pots&aq=0
Also keep mint separate and isolated in it's own pot from everything else, it likes to take over.
Apartment Composting: I just read on www.NaturalNews.com that "organic compost" sold in stores is recycled human waste - think of all the pharma products in there. Ewwwww. Just like food prep, wow you can't trust anything in stores, you have to make your own compost . . .
Potting Soil Recipe for Successful Containers: http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_ messageboard_thread.asp?board=6721x195 38x26553940
Apartment Composting Links, some of these are excellent, www.gardenguides.com/106894-information- vermicompost.html www.compostingtips.info/apartment-compos ting-tips/ www.naturallyearthfriendly.com/lifestyle /apartment-living/apartment-composting -still-possible-of-course www.planetgreen.discovery.com/home-garde n/apartment-compost-guide.html www.bohemianrevolution.com/composting-in -an-apartment/ www.composting101.com/composting-tips.ht ml www.movingtoday.com/composting-in-your-a partment/ www.webecoist.com/2009/02/18/how-to-comp ost-in-an-apartment-or-urban-living-sp ace/
others just want to sell you stuff (ignore those, you do NOT need to buy a kit): www.innovativeprobiotics.com/index.php/a ll-seasons-indoor-compostertm-kit.html www.amazon.com/All-Seasons-Indoor-Compos ter-Kit/dp/B000TKHJAU
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Hi! My name's Mary, and I live in Sonoma County (heart of the Wine Country), California.
I have the original black thumb. Normally, plants take one look at me and shrivel up. But I've decided to start a planter-pot and tabletop garden on my apartment patio (no ground space at all). I'm getting into serious cooking (see my Sparkpage), and I want really fresh veggies and herbs. The herbs are less of an issue than the veggies. I'm thinking poblano peppers, lemon cucumbers, scallions (or shallots?) and maybe spinach (I don't know if squash can grow in pots).
I am starting from bare-bones basic. I need all the help I can get!
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