U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Green Living
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
 
Old 04-06-2008, 09:35 AM
 
1,836 posts, read 4,447,423 times
Reputation: 1228

Advertisements

Until I can move to a rural area and have my own garden, I'm "stuck" living in a city. I'll be moving into a new apartment on May 1st and will at least have a balcony that gets the morning sun.

What kind of fruit and veggies would be possible to grow? I would imagine herbs would do just fine, but how about tomatoes, strawberries, peas, etc.?

Any thoughts, suggestions, advice, warnings, rants, wisdom, gold nuggets or resource suggestions? I'll have room in my apartment to grow things, too, if that's possible. I eat a LOT of fruits and veggies and would love to grow some of my own, especially organic tomatoes and strawberries!

Common sense says corn is out (LOL) but how about peas? Peppers?
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

 
Old 04-06-2008, 12:19 PM
 
Location: West Virginia
12,385 posts, read 31,331,354 times
Reputation: 8075
Peppers & Tomatoes are finefor container growing! Surf the web for sites to tell you how & If you have pets watch out a lot at toxic!
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 04-06-2008, 01:39 PM
 
Location: The Woods
16,935 posts, read 22,195,599 times
Reputation: 9018
Buy (or make) a strawberry planter. Basically, a large plant container, with little holes/shelves along the sides of it, to plant them in along the sides of the container besides just using the top opening. Much more efficient in limited space for strawberries, but make sure your soil is good. Tomatoes and peppers do fine in containers. Peas? Probably okay, but use vining ones and give them something to climb, you don't really get a lot of peas per pea plant, particularly with bush types.

Is there some sort of community garden set up near you, where you can rent a plot? There's one here in the city I'm stuck in. Makes things a little more bearable for me, I'm just waiting to jump out of here myself, as soon as I have the money...
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 04-06-2008, 02:16 PM
 
Location: Journey's End
10,189 posts, read 24,870,267 times
Reputation: 3840
Many plants are more resilient than we imagine. I grew vegetables indoors in a very sunny window along with exotic flowering plants and had no problem for the season. However, the flowers didn't thrive the second year, and of course the vegetables (tomatoes, lettuce and herbs) needed a new planting.

I would hazhard a guess that anything you plant in a large enough container with good soil, and specific for the plants, in good light will do well.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 04-06-2008, 10:35 PM
 
Location: Jax
8,204 posts, read 32,155,700 times
Reputation: 3392
The only tip I'll add is to avoid deep-rooting vegetables, like carrots and potatoes. You'd need a deep container and lots of soil for them and it might be too heavy for a balcony.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


Reply
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:

Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Green Living
Similar Threads
Follow City-Data.com founder on our Forum or

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 01:42 AM.

© 2005-2019, Advameg, Inc. | Please obey Forum Rules | Terms of Use and Privacy Policy

City-Data.com - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35 - Top