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Wednesday, July 03, 2013

I am picky about my food. I am also broke, so I do my best with what I have. Once the initial investment is made in a garden, you have really cheap produce all summer long, and if you plan a large enough garden, you're covered all winter too! Plus you don't need pesticides, there are plenty of ways to deter pests naturally and chemical free!

I have been gardening on my balcony for years now. I made sure we had a south facing balcony the last time we moved. It gives me the best ability to grow a lot of stuff.

I have 6 pots lining the right side of this picture, with two potato pots under all those little herb pots you see at the top of the picture. We will have a lot of produce this summer just from this garden.

You see corn and peas (which are dying now, but were flowering in this picture) and a purple variety of beans! Fun! I also have two colors of tomatoes and a couple of varieties of peppers (one hot one sweet).

My daughter is growing a Teddy Bear Sunflower, which I have replanted since this picture, and I found some strawberries already in a pot, so I hope to finally actually harvest some this year, I hadn't been able to when I planted in hanging pots, they never fruited, and you also see my potato pot here.

Here are the first potatoes out of my pot! The pot has an insert with large holes so you can pull the pots apart for multiple harvests! I ended up with 3 pots because I found them on clearance mid-way through the season, so I'll have plenty of home-grown potatoes.

I don't have another picture, but I also have a garden at my Mom's house. I did 5 hours of planting there and 3 hours of weeding (so far!) and have plenty of veggies growing there, even some purple dragons (it's a variety of carrots). Fortunately we are able to grow bigger things there so we have squashes and melons there too. There are 5 varieties of tomatoes, peas, yellow beans, cauliflower, broccolini, beets (2 varieties), red and yellow corn, and I've already harvested some radishes once.

I'm hoping that we'll make it at lest into the fall this year, but if I can get my Mom to double the garden next year, we should go all winter long. I don't mind doing the canning and freezing, as long as I've invested in my families health, it will save a lot of money for other things.

I also love that when I plant my own stuff I can get things that I wouldn't normally find in the grocery store or would be too expensive for me to purchase otherwise. Who else can say they are growing purple dragons?

Today's Holidays: Compliment Your Mirror Day (you should do this every morning, it helps build confidence), Stay Out of the Sun Day (I suppose you could just put suntan lotion on, we can't all avoid the sun if we want to keep moving!), Color TV Birthday 1928, Eat Beans Day (I'll probably do that today with the home-made hummus I made yesterday) and National Chocolate Wafer Day.
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  • BEE2LE
    Beautiful! I love to see people being creative and using any space possible for growing food. It's so satisfying and there are a lot of varieties for small spaces. Keep us posted on your corn progress. I've tried a small plot & did not have a lot of luck.
    1751 days ago
  • ACRAIG921
    I love your garden. I miss having one. Maybe next year I will do mine in pots since my hubby put a shed where mine used to be!! I love fresh veggies right from the vine.
    1751 days ago
    You have a beautiful garden!
    1751 days ago
  • FRAN0426
    Your balcony garden is beautiful, the plants look very healthy and the results to harvest--well your family will be enjoying wonderful food. South balcony, by golly that is where our balcony will be facing at our new place. I may be concider doing small container garden too.
    1751 days ago
    Your garden photos are beautiful! I also grow a few items in pots, though summer is only good for basil here in hot Phoenix.
    1752 days ago
    I am really in awe of your gardening skills. Although we have a garden, it is set to shrubs and a bit of grass. I am, however, growing some herbs and chilli plants on the window sills in the kitchen this year and they are coming along nicely. I'll try to expand a bit more next year but ultimately plan to gut the garden and put some boarders in with harder herbs and perhaps a mini greenhouse against the wall.
    Enjoy your harvest.
    1752 days ago
    Awesome! We love our garden and know that it is great for us and our kids.
    1752 days ago
    You talk about your garden so much it was really nice to see the pictures!! I am amazed at how much you fan grow on a small patio.... especially corn!! You'll have to let us know how that turns out!! Nice job! emoticon emoticon
    1752 days ago
    Love your garden! I have a garden on my balcony, peas, beans and lettuce, plus 3 blueberry plants. The garden adds color and life as well as providing vegetables.
    1752 days ago
    This is truly are an inspiration....I have a south facing balcony but so far all I have is chives, a tomato plant and basil....I want to expand....thank you for motivating me...

    1752 days ago
    this year should be my most successful gardening year yet. we finally invested in a fence that will keep deer and other critters out since we live in the woods. Love having my own food source though!!!
    1752 days ago
    My brother grows potatoes and I think it's the neatest thing ever! Good for you for your frugal, healthy ways!
    1752 days ago
    this is the first year i have succeeded in growing anything. usually my plants die before they even flower & this year i have herbs peppers & tomatoes. i may try to do more next year
    1752 days ago
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