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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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Urban farms - tell us about growing food for your city 2 Replies

Started by HOMEGROWN.org. Last reply by Desiree Feb 1, 2013.

You can grow a garden anywhere!

Started by Desiree Feb 1, 2013.

Resources, books for planning a terrace garden 1 Reply

Started by Jay Geneske. Last reply by Cornelia Apr 10, 2012.

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Comment by Jennifer on April 24, 2013 at 2:53pm

Now that we've crossed container gardening off the list (insert throat clearing here), anyone want to write about growing strawberries?

Comment by Jennifer on April 24, 2013 at 2:51pm

Hooray! Expect a private message with more details forthcoming. Thank you!

Comment by John F. Houpt II, PhD on April 24, 2013 at 2:50pm

Jennifer, let's go for it. We can discuss the in's and out's of the project.  I'll go back to my and pull in what I have collected over the years on container gardening, including the DIY containers from items already in the home.

Comment by Jennifer on April 24, 2013 at 2:38pm

Hey, John. Just checked out your latest blog post. Thanks! Lots of good stuff there for the 101! Is the 1o1 itself something you'd be interested in tackling? Basically, we'll want to walk people through all of the facets of container gardening, one step at a time. The end result should be sort of like the raised beds 101—although that one's a doozy, length-wise, so it wouldn't need to be quite that lengthy. Let me know if you might be willing to take on this project, and I'll send you a private message with more details. And no worries if you don't have time! No pressure—just thought I'd ask!

Comment by Jennifer on April 24, 2013 at 2:30pm

Hey, Mary. That would be awesome. I might see if I can enlist someone to tackle the 101 from scratch to make sure we cover all of the bases, but then we could work in tips from your posts (crediting you!). So, yes! Please send away!

Comment by John F. Houpt II, PhD on April 24, 2013 at 2:29pm

Hi Jennifer,  just posted a comment on my blog about my container garden I'm working on along with two pictures of the continers. I didn't know this blog was up or I would have posted it here. I'll try to help as much as I can. The biggest thing I've experienced and have read about with continers is keeping the plants watered since they dry out pretty fast when compared to in ground planting. I have found success using "self watering" or under the plant watering wicked to the soil above. Will send more info your way including some links to DIY verticle container gardens, making your own self watering continers, etc.

Comment by Marianne Smith on April 24, 2013 at 2:16pm

Hey Jennifer!  I have a few container gardening posts I can send your way.

Comment by Jennifer on April 24, 2013 at 2:11pm

Hi, Urban Gardeners. Jennifer here, the HOMEGROWN flock tender. I'm looking for someone who might be willing to help beef up our Container Gardening 101. We've got the shell of a 101 already, with some great videos and links, but I'm hoping to find a HOMEGROWN member who will be able to add some personal insight and a few more specific pointers on things including choosing containers and soil, container placement, watering, transplanting, etc. We've got raised beds covered elsewhere, so I'm really looking for info on growing in pots/window boxes/that sort of thing. What do you say? Would you be willing to help out your fellow HOMEGROWN types and share your know-how? (With credit, of course! And I'm not above begging!) If you're interested, please leave a comment below or shoot me a message, and I can give you more details. Many thanks in advance for any help!

Comment by David P. McMillen on February 11, 2012 at 8:40pm

my beans and cherry tomatoes are rapidly outgrowing the little planting cells I started em in! I got some bigger jiffy pots, will it be cool to transplant them? (the beans have some real leaves, the tomatoes have little roots down in the container below the growing cells. I want to put them, or at least the beans in bigger containers under a different lamp until it warms up a bit more I can replant them outside. The weather stills falls into sometimes the 30's or even 20's, so I don't think the last cold spell has hit central Texas yet. Any thoughts?

Comment by Amy Hickel on February 11, 2012 at 8:22pm

My partner and I are just starting out with our first raised bed garden in the side yard of our duplex. We are going to have to take out some of the grass to get it started.  We have heard about some doing a layered bed, where they use old boxes rather than tear out the grass. Has anyone else used this method? Were you able to plant whatever you wanted that first year or did you have to wait a year? thoughts?


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