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Gardening in the city is where it is at! Small spaces, roof gardens, window boxes. Talk about your methods. Share your stories. Grow your knowledge.

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Comment by Chris on July 7, 2011 at 10:00am

I'm really new to rooftop / container gardening, so am I ever glad to find all of you!  (also, first post on Homegrown.  hi!)   

Does anyone have any experience growing leeks on their roof?    We have a small container garden, which includes about 20 leeks, and they are doing quite well.  My husband thought that he should bank the soil up around their bases as they grow.   I would normally be inclined to leave them be, but since they are in a container, I think this might be wise, too.

None of the info that we can find on growing leeks mentions this.  

Any thoughts on this?

 

Comment by Bonnie on April 24, 2011 at 9:54pm
I haven't done any hanging tomatoes myself, but I've see them all over my neighborhood. The trick seems to be putting them in the right spot. The ones in full sun usually shrivel up, but the ones with partial shade grow pretty well.
Comment by Jennifer on April 22, 2011 at 4:19pm
Anyone care to share their experience with hanging tomato plants to grow?
Comment by Margaret Beers Oliver on April 7, 2011 at 11:24pm

Lawrence, I don't know how to stop the chipmunks... maybe bird netting?

There hasn't been much activity here for the past few weeks. 

Locally (Colorado Springs) you can go to (or call) Sammys natural grocers and see if they have the buckets.

Comment by Lawrence Danner on April 7, 2011 at 10:36pm

Is it me? Or has there been no comments on this in a month and a half? Walk past any construction site and ask the drywallers if you can have any of their drywall mud buckets. they are either 4 or 5 gallon, heavy plastic buckets, with lids and wire bail handles, that drywallers use by the dozen and often end up in the monster dumpster out front. Or just go dumpster diving at any construction/remodeling site.

On another note, how does anyone keep the chipmunks from eating all the grapes on my backyard arbor? I had dozens of bunches on the half dozen vines I planted 3 years ago and just as they started to ripen, those selfish little rodents ate them all!

Comment by Margaret Beers Oliver on February 17, 2011 at 1:15pm

In the past I have used everything from old bread wrappers and plastic grocery sacks to a ratty pillow case as emergency potting. LOL

However in the house you might want pot bottoms with any of the above.

Comment by Beginning Farmer Coordinator on February 17, 2011 at 11:16am
Hi everyone--I got ahead of myself and seeded some cucurbits before obtaining large containers for their mature life.  They are really busting out of their starting pots and I wonder if anyone has thoughts on containers...should I bite the bullet and buy new, plastic ones?  Or is there a good recycling choice that I haven't thought of?  I've been going to secondhand stores and there don't seem to be really good options for containers that could be converted--however since then I've read about re-using old trunks and drawers.
Comment by Margaret Beers Oliver on February 15, 2011 at 1:12pm
Good point Aliza! Squirrels and birds are the ones that go for them here. I wonder if the sacks would be paper to stop them from seeing them or just a barrier so net sacks would work?
Comment by Aliza Ess on February 15, 2011 at 12:03pm

That is a great sunflower Sheryl!

 

Do you tie a sack over the flower after the seeds start growing to prevent them all from getting eaten by birds (or rats, as is the case here in Baltimore!)

Comment by Margaret Beers Oliver on February 14, 2011 at 1:17am
This afternoon I got to host the February Meet UP for the group Colorado Springs Urban Homesteaders. The pot luck was great and so was the conversation. I have found out much about what I can and can't do here in town. Like... I CAN have two pot belly pigs! What I really want is to bring Billy goat home. (maybe if he is registered with the city) My head and heart are just spinning in place trying to not go in all directions at once.
 

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