Urban Gardening

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  1. Light Requirement for Veggies
  2. How to Increase Humidity
  3. Growing in Half Barrel or Drum
  4. Indoor Herb Garden
  5. Growing in Warmer Climates
  6. Removable Windowboxes
  7. How to Make Roof Garden
Asked by Anonymous on February 23, 2011
Light Requirement for Veggies

I live in an apartment that gets very limited sunlight. I was just wondering how much sunlight is required to grow upside down veggies?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

Almost all veggies need at least 6 hours of sunlight to do well. You could try supplementing with fluorescent lights, but it will still be hard. Have you looked into getting an allotment garden? Many times in urban areas, allotment gardens are offered for free or for a small cost. It would allow you to grow vegetables for yourself outside.

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Asked by Anonymous on March 24, 2011
How to Increase Humidity

I live in a place which is quite hot in summer. I have lots of potted plants on my balcony. Is it a good idea to put a bed of pebbles on the pots to prevent loss of humidity for plants that are vulnerable to heat?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

Yes, placing a layer of mulch on top of the soil, whether it be pebbles or wood chips, will help keep moisture in the soil. You can also place the plants on a tray filled with pebbles and water, and this will help increase the humidity around the plant.

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Asked by Anonymous on March 26, 2011
Growing in Half Barrel or Drum

Where I live is in an apartment, and I have no land to plant but want to. Can you give me some advice on planting in half an oil drum or barrel cut length ways?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

For barrels, you will just want to make sure that there are drainage holes cut in them if you use them to grow plants in. This article will have some other tips: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/special/urban/balcony-vegetable-garden.htm

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Asked by Anonymous on May 14, 2011
Indoor Herb Garden

How can I turn an aquarium into an indoor herb garden?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

When growing herbs indoors in a container, the most important thing to remember is to provide a growing environment of nutrient rich soil that has good drainage yet holds moisture. Fill the tank with water to check for leaks, using epoxy sealant to fix those present. An inch of small gravel or aquarium stones in the pot bottom ensures adequate drainage. Top with another inch of charcoal chips and add a layer of peat moss followed by a layer of potting soil mix (two parts potting soil with one part perlite or coarse sand). Plant your herbs and keep the soil moist, but don’t overwater.

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Asked by Anonymous on July 9, 2011
Growing in Warmer Climates

I live in Guadalajara, Mexico and want to start my own urban garden. I notice that much of the information posted is based on the U. S. growing calendar. How do I know when it is the right time to plant my seeds? Spring here is not the same as spring there.

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Asked by Anonymous on July 13, 2011
Removable Windowboxes

I am planning a patio garden. I know window boxes need to be substantial for watering purposes, but because of the location (it is in a bar area), they need to be removable because of vandalism. What type do you suggest? Also, what type of plants? This patio has sun only till 1 p. m.

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doccat5

There are several different options available to you with regard to your question about window boxes. It appears you only benefit from morning sun, so a mix of herbs and some perennials that like partial shade would be a good choice. You probably want to consider using window boxes made from light weight plastic materials, that would be much easier to move even with the addition of soil and plants. Many look like wood or terra cotta. This article may be helpful to get you started.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/herbs/hgen/growing-herbs-in-containers.htm

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Asked by chandu on November 20, 2011
How to Make Roof Garden

Info on how to make a roof garden.

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
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