General Gardening

Tips for Saving Seeds

Saving seedsIf you grew a container plant in your balcony garden and had good luck with it, save some seeds and use them to plant another crop next year or give the seeds to friends. Here are some tips for successfully saving plant seeds.

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Start a Friendship Garden on Your Windowsill

Crassula Plant WindowsillA "friendship garden" is a small section of a garden consisting of plants received as gifts from friends or family members, or plants grown from seeds or cuttings of friends' plants. You may have a clone of a plant from a friend or family member who lives halfway around the country – or halfway around the world! Tending to and enjoying your friendship garden will remind you of all the people in your life who mean a lot to you. Even decades later, the memories will still grow on in your garden.

A sunny windowsill is the perfect spot for a small friendship garden. Start your garden today by asking some friends and family members if you can take cuttings from their plants. And you can help them get started on their gardens by offering them a piece of yours. If they live far away, it is easy to participate in a seed exchange with them.

There are many public friendship gardens (see Public Gardens Listing), which are a symbol of bringing different people together. Charlotte, N.C., Georgetown, Ky., Phoenix, Ariz., San Diego and San Jose, Calif., and Washington D.C., are just a few cities with friendship gardens.

Not only are there friendship gardens, but there are actually friendship plants! The Subtropical Botanical Garden in Sochi, Russia, is home to the Friendship Tree, a symbol of international friendship. People from 167 different countries have grafted citrus sprigs to it. Each graft has a metal tag attached to it with the grafter's name and the date it was attached.

Do you have a friendship garden? We want to hear about it! Tell us about it on Facebook or send your story and a photo of your garden to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Friendship garden stories and photos may be published on BalconyContainerGardening.com.

Propagating Ferns Using Spores

Fern sporesSpores grow on the bottom of fern fronds. They grow inside structures called sori and are clearly visible as little yellow, green, brown or black clumps on the undersides of the fronds. Once the spores are ready, they are released and blow away in the wind. You can use collect spores from a fern frond and grow young ferns in sealed containers.

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The Harvest Club of Orange County

The Harvest Club of Orange CountyA volunteer organization in Orange County, Calif., called The Harvest Club, has combined urban gardening, sustainable food production and volunteerism in a fascinating way. Jeff Lebow founded The Harvest Club in 2009 in Huntington Beach, and now the club has more than 450 harvest volunteers and more than 200 registered backyard growers throughout Orange County to harvest fruit and other produce from residents’ backyards that would otherwise go to waste.

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Top 10 Articles of 2012

Here are the 10 articles that BalconyContainerGardening.com visitors found most interesting in 2012.

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