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CAROLFAITHWALKR
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5/28/11 9:33 P

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This link has some SparkArticles including tabletop, indoor, and urbanite gardeners:
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/lifestyle_cen
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SUNNY332
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5/28/11 9:33 P

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Hi Mary and welcome to the team. Container gardening is fun and great to do especially if you live in an apartment.

I have found a website which has given me lots of help. Hope it helps you too.

www.containergardeningtips.com/

Best wishes and happy gardening...

Sunny

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Central Time Zone

GO IVORY FALCONS!


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CAROLFAITHWALKR
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5/28/11 9:23 P

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It's nice to see you here Mary, we're glad you joined the team. Welcome! Carol
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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=newsp
aper+pots&aq=0


Also keep mint separate and isolated in it's own pot from everything else, it likes to take over.

Easy indoor composting anytime:
www.youtube.com/user/Praxxus55712#p/u/13/8
4h4aYIfO3s


Starting pepper seeds (they can be difficult, here's the trick).
Start the video at the 10 minute point by clicking and dragging the pointer at the bottom from left (zero mins) to right (10 mins):
www.youtube.com/user/Praxxus55712#p/u/14/D
TAxhLPjoB0


Growing elephant garlic, peppers & lettuce indoors (or on patio table):
www.youtube.com/watch?v=eMxJGsppUqA&featur
e=channel_video_title


Growing shallots in pots:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=bL62z2Orw4c

Peppers in pots (not poblano):
www.youtube.com/user/Praxxus55712#p/u/86/M
iO8xrYQeys


Shallot and garlic followup pictures:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=n9jvLaW1PRY

Peppers in pots followup pictures:
www.youtube.com/user/Praxxus55712#p/u/84/E
EM5Uj0D8f0


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=6721x19538x26553940

Apartment Composting Links, some of these are excellent,
www.gardenguides.com/106894-information-vermicompost.html
www.compostingtips.info/apartment-composting-tips/
www.naturallyearthfriendly.com/lifestyle/apartment-living/apartment-composting-still-possible-of-course
www.planetgreen.discovery.com/home-garden/apartment-compost-guide.html
www.bohemianrevolution.com/composting-in-an-apartment/
www.composting101.com/composting-tips.html
www.movingtoday.com/composting-in-your-apartment/
www.webecoist.com/2009/02/18/how-to-compost-in-an-apartment-or-urban-living-space/

others just want to sell you stuff (ignore those, you do NOT need to buy a kit):
www.innovativeprobiotics.com/index.php/all-seasons-indoor-compostertm-kit.html
www.amazon.com/All-Seasons-Indoor-Composter-Kit/dp/B000TKHJAU


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SHARJOPAUL
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5/28/11 5:37 P

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Hi, Mary welcome to the team.
Don't worry about asking any questions you may have. Gardeners love sharing information.



CAHUNO2
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5/28/11 3:27 P

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Hi Mary!!emoticon

You can grow almost anything in pots esp if the pots are large!emoticon

I grow tomatoes in pots about half the time. We have tomato worms here and it is easier just to move the pots around than make a new garden bed every year or two. I have grown greens in too pots.

Carol


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LADYIRISH317
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5/28/11 3:19 P

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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!

"...there's some good in this world, Mr. Frodo, and it's worth fighting for."

"We're children of a fighting race that never yet has known disgrace." (The Soldiers' Song, Irish national anthem)

"Every day above ground is a good day." (Chef Justin Kennedy of New Orleans, on Chopped)

Please visit my blog:
www.cuisinequests.blogspot.com/


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