Urban Gardening

  • Parker817

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    Jun 08, 2013 2:02 PM GMT
    I grew up in the suburbs and my mom always had a garden. Now I live in a city, in a fifth-floor apartment with no yard access, and I've been making it work using my fire escape (it's totally safe, no worries -- I made sure that I still have proper egress in case of emergency).

    Here's a link to an update that I posted this morning:
    http://poormanscupboard.blogspot.com/2013/06/my-big-fat-garden-update.html

    I love the idea of a garden, of the hard work that goes into it, of eating great produce I've made on my own. How about all you urban dwellers? What tips and tricks do you have?

    I also watched Shark Tank last night, and saw the Urbio (http://www.myurbio.com/) product being featured. It's a great idea, but I think it's sort of a rip-off. Anyone using these products?
  • Parker817

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    Jun 08, 2013 3:05 PM GMT
    Here's a little visual to get this thread started...

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    Jun 08, 2013 3:24 PM GMT
    Parker817 saidI grew up in the suburbs and my mom always had a garden. Now I live in a city, in a fifth-floor apartment with no yard access, and I've been making it work using my fire escape (it's totally safe, no worries -- I made sure that I still have proper egress in case of emergency).

    Here's a link to an update that I posted this morning:
    http://poormanscupboard.blogspot.com/2013/06/my-big-fat-garden-update.html

    I love the idea of a garden, of the hard work that goes into it, of eating great produce I've made on my own. How about all you urban dwellers? What tips and tricks do you have?

    I also watched Shark Tank last night, and saw the Urbio (http://www.myurbio.com/) product being featured. It's a great idea, but I think it's sort of a rip-off. Anyone using these products?


    Use a product called Earth Box. It's a contained system, and works really well for balcony gardens. There are other products that are similar, I just know that one. You can grow very large tomato plants, eggplant, peppers, etc. in them.
  • ThatSwimmerGu...

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    Jun 08, 2013 3:28 PM GMT
    If you need extra light use LEDs, they put out a greater spectrum of light and use very little energy. Great for growing food.
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    Jun 08, 2013 3:34 PM GMT
    http://poormanscupboard.blogspot.com/2013/06/my-big-fat-garden-update.html

    You've created a beautiful blog. I'll be looking for updates.

    For many of us we need to see growing plants around us to feel our best. I'm an animal person and I love my dog and the neighbor's cat but there's nothing like seeing my plants thrive.

    Post more. You are inspiring.
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    Jun 08, 2013 4:51 PM GMT
    Parker817 saidI grew up in the suburbs and my mom always had a garden. Now I live in a city, in a fifth-floor apartment with no yard access, and I've been making it work using my fire escape (it's totally safe, no worries -- I made sure that I still have proper egress in case of emergency).

    Here's a link to an update that I posted this morning:
    http://poormanscupboard.blogspot.com/2013/06/my-big-fat-garden-update.html

    I love the idea of a garden, of the hard work that goes into it, of eating great produce I've made on my own. How about all you urban dwellers? What tips and tricks do you have?

    I also watched Shark Tank last night, and saw the Urbio (http://www.myurbio.com/) product being featured. It's a great idea, but I think it's sort of a rip-off. Anyone using these products?



    Dude, your pots are too small for container gardening. It's not just the size of the root ball but also the soil reservoir required to keep them hydrated and nourished . At that size they would have to be hydroponically drip irrigated to develop into their normal size. Yeah , your radishes are stressed out . When plants are stressed they bolt into ( flower) seed. Typically speaking root vegetables don't transplant well so start radishes from seed. Try potatoes in a heavy duty "contractors" trash bag. (You won't believe the yield)
  • Parker817

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    Jun 08, 2013 5:17 PM GMT
    I agree Alpha - this was an chancy project from the start. I think it's going pretty well though...I'm constantly tending to it, I know it needs more care than a regular yard garden. I actually think I did a decent job picking plants appropriate for the different container sizes.

    My biggest concern was the strawberries -- I remember my mom planting them close together, but the tag said they should be planted 12-24" apart. I planted them closer than that, but it looks like some of the plants were DOA anyway.

    As for the radishes -- I've more or less ignored them for the past two weeks, which I attribute to their "stressed" state. I've been meaning to start fresh with the radish seeds, just been a little busy. From what I read, radishes are great for containers. I don't think they root that deeply, and they're a quick harvest (22-26 days). I'm going to get on that today.

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    Jun 08, 2013 5:23 PM GMT
    Parker817 saidI grew up in the suburbs and my mom always had a garden. Now I live in a city, in a fifth-floor apartment with no yard access, and I've been making it work using my fire escape (it's totally safe, no worries -- I made sure that I still have proper egress in case of emergency).

    Here's a link to an update that I posted this morning:
    http://poormanscupboard.blogspot.com/2013/06/my-big-fat-garden-update.html

    I love the idea of a garden, of the hard work that goes into it, of eating great produce I've made on my own. How about all you urban dwellers? What tips and tricks do you have?

    I also watched Shark Tank last night, and saw the Urbio (http://www.myurbio.com/) product being featured. It's a great idea, but I think it's sort of a rip-off. Anyone using these products?


    Great job with the plants Parker, I admire the way you adapted your desire for a garden with your living arrangement. And great photos!!

    I do agree with Alpha about pot size, you'll need something bigger. Before I bought my house, I used to container garden on a second floor balcony, and let me tell you, plants dry out fast up there (even more so higher up). The direct sunlight mixed with a heated ground and reflection off buildings can easily scorch plants in the hot of summer.

    I would recommend up-potting to something much bigger for a few of them, particularly the tomatoes which need the space for roots. Maybe a 4 gallon container.

    Also consider that you may need a makeshift shade structure to shield them from the harsh sun. Even though veggies like sun, on a balcony (without the aid of the cooling ground) you might need some protection to ensure success.

    Good luck!! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jun 08, 2013 5:27 PM GMT
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    My biggest concern was the strawberries -- I remember my mom planting them close together, but the tag said they should be planted 12-24" apart. I planted them closer than that, but it looks like some of the plants were DOA anyway.




    Give the strawberries about 8 inch apart minimum. In an actual garden you need more space because they spread. In a container, less so. They should be fine for the time being until they get larger.

    You might want to consider one of those hanging planters like this for the strawberries, which would save space:

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  • Parker817

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    Jun 08, 2013 10:49 PM GMT
    That's a great idea DC. I was also thinking about those upside-down tomato planters too. But I was trying to use stuff already around the house, and the empty cat litter jugs that I was too lazy to bring down to the recycling were an inspiration.

    I've been monitoring the soil every day. And what's great is that these pots are portable, so I can bring them inside whenever I need. Because of my building's logistics, the plants are really only in the sun until about 3pm.



    I'm interested in hearing/seeing what other people are doing too!
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    Jun 09, 2013 1:45 AM GMT
    Parker817 saidI grew up in the suburbs and my mom always had a garden. Now I live in a city, in a fifth-floor apartment with no yard access, and I've been making it work using my fire escape (it's totally safe, no worries -- I made sure that I still have proper egress in case of emergency).

    Here's a link to an update that I posted this morning:
    http://poormanscupboard.blogspot.com/2013/06/my-big-fat-garden-update.html

    I love the idea of a garden, of the hard work that goes into it, of eating great produce I've made on my own. How about all you urban dwellers? What tips and tricks do you have?

    I also watched Shark Tank last night, and saw the Urbio (http://www.myurbio.com/) product being featured. It's a great idea, but I think it's sort of a rip-off. Anyone using these products?


    While I don't garden I have the impression there is a much larger than expected population of people who do this. Like Guerrilla gardening? Urbanism blogs usually talk about this every now and then.

    Good luck, it looks cool.
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    Jun 09, 2013 1:47 AM GMT
    Parker817 saidUrban Gardening
    When I used to be a pothead, I'd buy weed from an "urban gardener." icon_lol.gif
  • metta

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    Jun 09, 2013 2:07 AM GMT
    http://www.urbangardensweb.com/2010/06/08/tiny-urban-gardens/

    http://www.urbangardenersinsight.com/

    http://successfulgardendesign.blogspot.com/2013/05/urban-garden-ideas-photos.html