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« on: December 24, 2008, 03:48:11 PM »

My names Rob. I'm a bit closer to patches than I am to anyone else. I grew up in north central MO where we have a family farm. We are a small family run beef farm however we used to do a lot of vegetable gardening and canning of stuff at the end of the season. Now that grandparents are getting older and have moved to town and all my brothers and I have left home not much time for anyone to do any gardening with all the other work that has to be done.

I now live in WI and am currently buried under snow so no outside plants etc right now. Living in an apartment limits the gardening that I can do and have never been one to do potted veggies and so on. Just isn't the same as working in the real dirt. I love indoor plants and always have something. Right now I don't have anything that requires much work just some bamboo and what I believe are called philodendrons although I have never been sure of the name.

My favorite flower as I said when I signed up is the sunflower. When I used to be back home every year I got my own corner of the garden to plant my giant sunflowers that easily grow to 10ft tall or more especially under the sun shine and heat we get back in MO. Found out the hard way its better to plant them a bit later because we get a lot of sever storms in the early spring and summer and when they are very tall they don't stand up to that abuse to well.

Well I'm going to quit rambling. Talk to everyone later.
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« Reply #1 on: December 24, 2008, 06:04:47 PM »

Well, Welcome Rob!!!

I'm so glad you are here and have shared with us!

I don't know how much room you actually have being in an apartment and all, but I've read that straw gardening works well for that.  You plant right into the straw.  If you have any ground at all, then the straw decomposes and adds to that. 

Of course, you would know more about your situation than I.  Have you ever grown tomatoes from a bucket? They grow upside down! You'd be surprised what you can do on a balcony! hahaha

Well, Welcome and I'm glad you are here!  It seems to me that with all of our different backgrounds and circumstances we are going to have a really fine board here!! :)

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« Reply #2 on: December 24, 2008, 06:16:30 PM »

Rob,

I forgot to say, that Patty, the lady who helps me run this joint, grows tomatoes upside down out of bucket.  And I think she has a tutorial about.  But, I'm not sure.  I'll ask her.  :)  Really nicely! hahahaha

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« Reply #3 on: December 26, 2008, 08:52:34 AM »

No I have never tried tomatoes. I think the only thing that I have ever really tried is like hot peppers, they seem to do REALLY well even in pots. And I want to say that once I tried some green onions once but I cant be sure about that.

Maybe this spring I'll have to give in and try some because I won't be any closer to being anywhere that I can do a proper garden etc.
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« Reply #4 on: December 26, 2008, 02:20:15 PM »

Well, when you give it a try, be sure to take pictures and share your experience here. We want to hear!! 

I'm sure there will come a time when I'll have to go back to an apartment, and then, I'll have your experience to remember.

I think I need to look to see if I made a place here for just general chit chat!
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« Reply #5 on: December 29, 2008, 01:09:08 PM »

Hi Rob, & welcome to the forum! Now that the Christmas hubbub is past, I can settle back in here & catch up!

I realize that container gardening isn't quite the same as "real" gardening, but just think... you don't hafta bend over as much (which means no more back aches & no more dirty knees, so you don't need to change clothes before going to the store), & your plants have a better chance of survival when the weather turns on you, like it did a couple years ago when you had merciless rains in your area for so long & everything stayed too wet for too long, cuz it'll be easier to keep your plants within their water requirement ranges.  If you grow food plants, you can also drag your containers indoors if winter tries to set in before things are ready to harvest.  With container gardening, you can still enjoy having dirt under your fingernails as well as having a conversation pieces on your deck or patio & you'll be able to brag up your homegrown harvest! (You just might start feeling like you're still a gardener!)

I think you should try building a strawberry tower, & if you have a place for hanging plants on your deck or patio, you might also want to take a look in the Fruit & Vegetable section at how you can grow tomatoes upside down, as Peggy mentioned.  (I'll be posting that today.)  Personally, I think that another really great plant for containers is Sweet Basil.  Not only does it look & smell terrific, but it'll keep the mosquitoes away from the patio area while helping to discourage some of the plant-loving buggies from setting up housekeeping in & around your other container plants.

I also don't know of any reason why you can't grow a few sunflowers out there, while you're at it!  With rich soil in an adequate sized container, they should be able to grow just as tall as they did for you back home, & give you some shade as you kick back in your deck chair with a tall glass of Sun Tea!  Just this year I took a liking to giant sunflowers & managed to get some seeds for the brown-faced sunflowers from a neighboring gardener, cuz I really like those! (I can't wait for summer!) I'd love to see pics of your sunflowers if you have any on hand... just stick 'em up in the Flower Power forum.   

Again, welcome aboard.  We're looking forward to getting acquainted with you!

P.S. If you can take a pic of your philodendron & post it in the "What Am I?" section, I'm sure that someone can confirm its identity for you.

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« Reply #6 on: December 29, 2008, 01:41:13 PM »

I've actually always wanted to grow strawberries they are probably my favorite fruit ever! I may have to try that one.

You know I've grown some herbs in the past and I have always done them in containers. Have never done them in a regular garden with other plants. As for the sunflowers I don't know actually if we ever took any pictures but if I ever come across any I'll try and get them up here. We always put stockings over the heads when the season was almost over to try and save some of the seeds from the birds and then you can hang it upside down inside somewhere and as it dries and the seeds fall out they fall into the stocking. We never really ended up doing much with the seeds though other than using some of them again the next year.
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