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  • For those who like patio gardening there is a product called Earthbox, that I used for growing on a balcony in NC. it is a non messy self contained system. It is also possible to raise a garden up for those in wheelchairs, who do not want to bend etc. - 2/28/2009 8:25:03 AM
  • I was an organic gardener in Los Angeles until the Medfly spraying. I learned "Square Foot Gardening" from a PBS series. My beds were 4' by 4' so I could reach in anywhere. I also had 3 laying hens and some rabbits and composted with their manure, seaweed, newspapers and grass clippings as well as other plant matter. I used to spray my ladybugs with coca cola so their wings would be wet and they would not fly away. I used a product called wheast to feed them protein and induce them to stay and lay eggs. I also bought praying mantis egg cases. I liked to grow the same veggie in different colors for fun salads. Homegrown food has waaaay different flavor from store bought (often grown for farmer convenience at harvest) and the eggs were spicier. Good times. - 2/28/2009 8:21:04 AM
  • I love having a garden! I get such as blast from it. There's good cardio, healthy vegetables, I can and freeze for fall and winter use which saves money and I meditate and sing while I'm there which lifts my mood. An extra is I share what I grow with neighbors and friends which makes me feel good too. - 2/24/2009 2:22:52 PM
  • I found on the internet about straw bale gardening. It is for those who do not have room to garden or gardening equiptement, or if you can't bend down easily. I thought I'd give it a try this year. There is a organic way to it, too. - 2/21/2009 8:53:13 AM
  • I grew tomatoes and peppers and herbs last year. Yes, it is extremely rewarding to use the things that have come from your garden!!! However, it's also extremely frustrating when every time that perfect tomato just barely starts to ripen, a squirrel comes by and takes a bite out of it. Also keep in mind that often home grown produce is much much smaller than what you would get at the grocery store. I think this year I'll be hitting up the farmer's market during tomato season but keep growing my own herbs. - 2/17/2009 2:57:54 PM
    I've been growing my own for years & I'm always extolling the virtues to all & sundry. This year I'm going to be putting a poly tunnel in & expand my horizons. I live in the North of Scotland, so there are things I can't grow outdoors. I have spaghetti squash seeds that I'm going to try for the first time this year. I grew butternut squash last year & they were successful.

    Good luck to anyone that decides to take the plunge! - 2/17/2009 1:01:22 PM
  • My husband grows some garden vegetables and if nothing else, it helps feed the bugs and birds in the yard. I'm not sure if the squirrels get in on it or not. - 2/17/2009 12:50:53 PM
  • My husband and I have always said that we want to grow our own food when we get a house. We have a small plant in our house that we're trying to grow a couple of herbs in. But once we're done with apartment living we can grow much more! - 2/17/2009 12:29:52 PM
  • SINGER27
    I live in an apartment, but would love to learn how I can grow a garden from my patio!! I love the idea of having my own fresh organic produce. - 2/17/2009 11:56:41 AM
  • We've been "experimenting" with a few veggie plants the past 2 yrs & getting ready to expand to a few more varieties and some blueberry bushes! My next project is to learn to can! - 2/17/2009 11:47:28 AM
  • I've been growing some of our own food for years and have been using organic methods for the past 10 or more years. I freeze the extras and am still using last summer's produce. I've been wanting to expand to fruit and this year may be a good time to start...even if I may not actually get any fruit the first season. It will be fun to try! AND gardening is great exercise. - 2/17/2009 8:43:52 AM
    This looks really interesting and I was wondering if you have any online resources for starting a container garden. I live in an apartment, but I think I could manage a couple of tomato and pepper plants. - 2/17/2009 6:42:25 AM

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