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Starting off in the Fall

Post  kaliedra on 10/4/2010, 11:06 am

I live in an apartment with a south/east facing balcony and have had minimal success growing in the past using pots, mostly because the soil i was using wouldn't properly hold moisture so the plants were all begging for mercy by the time I came home from work each day. Getting compost, mixing soil always seemed like something I should be doing in the actual ground to grow a garden like I had growing up, not for gardening in containers so I was so excited to find my way here.
How realistic is making compost in smaller containers to use for the soil mix? I'm looking to have a 4x8 (still working on the box to get a good fit and not use the whole balcony) and have seen a lot on the web in general about using a smaller plastic container with holes drilled. Can i realistically put this outside with the cooler weather and expect this to work or am I going to have to bring the container inside to maintain a temp that will allow things the pile to decompose?


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Post  camprn on 10/4/2010, 11:43 am

This may just be the apartment size thing you are looking for. There are numerous posts about compost on the forum, you can check them out using the search feature


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Post  boffer on 10/4/2010, 12:07 pm

welcome to the forum.

I would say traditional composting methods would be ineffective in your situation. Camp's link is a good alternative. Once your box is setup, this link might be a good idea for you too


Then, you might read the posts of El, who is a forum member living in a NYC apartment. She has some interesting ideas for SFG in apartments. You can find her posts here


A solution to your watering issues can be found here. The concept is a good one, but the containers can be easily made and modified at little expense, and then filled with Mel's Mix.


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Post  Garden Angel on 10/4/2010, 6:30 pm

Welcome from California to the forum! love your garden spirit !

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Post  kaliedra on 10/5/2010, 1:21 am

thank you for the direction! Very Happy I hope to get this all figured out so I can get some lovely things growing come spring. Now i'm off to look at tables for suggested planting times. I grew up in the mid west with a decidedly different climate so that will present another fun learning curve on this process.


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