General Gardening

Participating in a Plant Swap

Aloe vera transplant plant swapOften a container plant will explode with growth, produce a lot of seeds or grow too big for the balcony garden. Balcony gardeners don’t have much space to work with, so a lot of pruning must be done, many seeds can go unused and large plants need to be given away, sold or thrown away. But there is another solution to these problems: a plant swap.


Vegetables from the Container Garden

Rosemary potatoes from the garden.Several good films to get you excited about vegetable gardening are two documentaries about food. One is Supersize Me, and the other is Food, Inc. Supersize Me is the famous 2004 documentary that follows director Morgan Spurlock on a 30-day MacDonald’s-only diet. He had gained 24.5 pounds and some unexpected physical and emotional effects from the 30-day junk food binge. Food, Inc. is a 2008 documentary about the way our food is produced and marketed. Vegetable gardening in a balcony kitchen garden is one way to know where your food comes from and how it was grown. It is also a more healthy and delicious alternative to eating prepackaged foods.


The Definition of an “Heirloom” Plant

Red Zebra Heirloom TomatoesSo you’ve heard a lot about how great heirloom plants are, but what is an heirloom plant anyway? An heirloom plant is a cultivar that used to be commonly grown and eaten in human history but is no longer widely available due to today’s practices of commercial agriculture.


Fall Vegetables

Lettuce fall vegetable leaf cropWhile a lot of attention is paid to spring vegetable plantings, you should take advantage of the second growing season that begins in midsummer, usually around July or August (depending on your Hardiness Zone). Start your seeds indoors and plant them in the garden in about a month. For about 3 months, the plants will grow and produce food for you until the first frost.


Herb Gardens for the Tea Lover

Brewing tea from the gardenTea lovers’ herb gardens can include many herbal teas that can be brewed alone or blended together to make a delicious cup of tea.


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