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Old 04-06-2008, 09:35 AM
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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?
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Old 04-06-2008, 12:19 PM
Location: West Virginia
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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!
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Old 04-06-2008, 01:39 PM
Location: The Woods
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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...
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Old 04-06-2008, 02:16 PM
Location: Journey's End
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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.
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Old 04-06-2008, 10:35 PM
Location: Jax
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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.
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