(Closed) Garden on apartment balcony

posted 6 years ago in Home
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Just a heads-up that this can attract rodents/bugs/etc.  We always wanted to grow herbs on the fire escape but heard that it attracts rats and mice!

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I’m doing research on that today! I think we are going to grow spinach, tomatoes, and herbs. We don’t have lots of rats around here but we have huge squirrels, so we’ll see if they eat it all!

 

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

i used to have one before i moved here is ashots of that…after we moved..the 1st year we didnt want to dig up the ground so we used pots and did them on a table you can do SOO MUCH like that… heres 2 summers ago: 

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

to prevent rodents..keep things covered! there are awesome mini greenhouses you can buy that will work..and also rodent replent like dried blood in the garden works AWESOME

Post # 8
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Do you live in a really dense urban area? If you don’t you may not have to worry quite so much about the rat thing. There’s a big difference in my friend’s apartment in Manhattan and my other friend’s condo on a giant wooded plot of land in Rhode Island!

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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

You may want to research the concept of square foot gardens. It’ss all about maximizing your growth potential in small areas like containers on a balcony. My Pop Pop was an avid gardener and he swore by the concept, even though he had 3 acres to work with!

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I have bought seeds, pots, and dirt, but have been afraid to try! For awhile, we had a stinkbug problem, so I wanted to avoid attracting that nuisance. Now that it’s cleared up, I’d like to try.

Any success stories on a higher-up balcony? I’m on the 10th floor facing a courtyard, so perhaps that would at least prevent mice, etc?

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

a pefect idea for starting out with seeds is this because then bugs cant get to them..just make sure they are secure :

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I grew lettuce in a pot once on our apt. balcony. I got maybe 3 lettuce leaves the whole summer, but it was pretty funny. That is the extent of my experience.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I have a small container garden on my back porch.  I’ve gotten some bugs (bad ones like aphids and earwigs as well as good ones like bees and spiders), but they stay outside, they don’t come in the house.  Never had a rodent issue.

My biggest challenge is getting enough light.  There are just some vegetables I can’t grow on my balcony, apparently, like tomatoes and zucchini.  I did have some luck with sugar snap peas, green beans, basil, strawberries, lettuce, and swiss chard.

For flowers, impatiens do really well in the shade, but I also have grown marigolds, lobelia, and some others.

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I tried last summer. We bought flower boxes and set up a little hutch to grow some veggies. Unfortunately, being on the 7th floor of a 9 storey apartment made our efforts futile. All of the plants would thrive when they got the sun in the morning, and then be drooping come mid afternoon. After about 2 months of great growth, they all decided to up and die.

Post # 16
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Sugar bee

For the past two summers, I had a small garden on my 4th floor balcony. I bought terracotta pots from Ikea and then got some plants. I had 3 tomato plants, one of a specific balcony variety and two full size the first year. I found the balcony tomatos to be the best as they did not get so tal and produced cherry tomatos. The second year I only got these as the large ones grew so big they took up half the balcony and produced few tomatos. I also had  basil and mint plants which did really well. Both years, I also had 1-2 hydrangea pots but somehow I manage to kill those all the time. I tried to grow peppers from seeds but didn’t start the seeds soon enough and they never produced anything because it got too cold just as they were large enough. All that to sa, I did not have a problem with rodents or bugs. One exception was one herb I had that attracted flies but I quickly stopped growing that one.

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