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Bozzybozboz
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 06, 2010 8:08 pm    Post subject: Gardening from an apartment? Reply with quote

Hi all,

I'm an ex-country boy now living in the big city. Looking to turn my rented apartment's gravel yard into something I can grow stuff in, without invalidating my lease! Thinking along the lines of pots growbags and maybe a polytunnel but not sure where to start. Ideally growing veg, but equally I don't know what to plant in august, so thought I might try to get a bit of advice from you all!

when I can buy my own place, a vegetable patch will be top of the list, but in the mean time...

Looking forward to hearing any advice,

Matt
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 07, 2010 7:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

How about making a start with herbs ? Get your sage, rosemary, thyme, parsley and chives mint etc into containers straight away....those supermarket pots are a great way to get going. Just adding fresh herbs to your cooking is very satisfying.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 08, 2010 1:03 pm    Post subject: veggies Reply with quote

Hi Bozzybozboz,

If your gravel yard has loads of sunshine and if you can supply some great soil rich in organic matter and plenty of regular water, your veggy garden should do well.

Try tomatoes and other greens like chives, peppers, lettuce and broccoli.

Some dwarf fruits can also be grown in a pot, like self fertile apple and pear.

Strawberries are good for pots.

Who could forget the humble potatoe grow bag idea?

artalis Very Happy

Found this list of veggies suitable for containers, but don't know if all the varieties mentioned are suitable or available here.

"cucumber: bush hybrid, spacemaster

courgette: Bambino, Slim Jim

Green Beans: (Pole beans give a higher yield in a small footprint) Blue Lake, Kentucky Wonder, French Dwarf

Green Onions: Beltsville Bunching, Crysal Wax, Evergreen Bunching

Leaf Lettuce: Buttercrunch, Salad Bowl, Bibb

Peppers: Frigitello, Cubanelle, Sweet Banana, Apple (Hot) Red Cherry, Jalapeno, Robustini

Radishes: Cherry Belle, Scarlet Globe, (White) Icicle

Squash: Ronde de Nice, Gold Rush

Tomatoes: Patio, Pixie, Tiny Tim, Saladette, Toy Boy, Spring Giant, Tumbling Tom, Small Fry...."

Don't know if that helps?

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