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Apartment Gardening Time!

Last year’s first attempt and adventure into apartment gardening was well, an experience. I’d been wanting to stretch my patience muscle and dig my flanges into some dirt. After moving back to Western Washington after college, I had been severely lacking in dirt under my nails.
Thankfully there was Ben, sweet patient farmer man who knew (and still knows) everything about farming, leading me down the proper gardening path. 
What an epic disaster it would have been without him. 
But now that he has given up his life as a farmer and moved over to the Greater Seattle area to be with me and go back to school for nursing, we (mostly I) wanted to make sure we were able to keep a steady layer of dirt on our hands while we reside in the big bad city.
There was a bit of a redesign for the garden this year to maximize the exposure our poor little plants will get on our second floor deck. Last year there were hanging baskets, but this year we opted for “over the rail” planters. 
Just like last year, we (read: I) pilfered rocks from the drainage areas around the complex to ensure some extra drainage. Seattle get a lot of rain if you didn’t know…

Huck felt like helping too. Trusty hound.

And here is the selection. Three varieties of tomato, including Early Girls and Romas. Four spinach plants, four basils, cilantros, and rosemary. This is going to be fabulous! The sun just needs to give me a little break so this baby will flourish!

This is one of our over hanging planters. Unfortunately it’s a little askew due to the rails on the balcony, but beggars can’t be choosers when we pay “cheap” rent.
Either way – this will be a fabulous gardening year. I can just feel it!! 
Now – to go get some more dirt under my nails. Over and out!

6 Responses to “Apartment Gardening Time!”

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    Kim - Liv Life — April 27, 2011 @ 2:35 am

    Good for you!! When we moved to our current home my husband built me a lovely raised garden, however the trees from the neighbor's yard have block out nearly all of the light and it's not good for much anymore, but we do put in some nice flowers! My husband is laughing at me as I've planted a tomato plant this year in the middle of what used to be our flower garden! They have been switched! Cant' wait to see what comes of your garden in the coming months!

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    Haley @ The Girly Girl Cooks — April 27, 2011 @ 2:43 am

    I love your hanging planter! I need to invest in those!

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    MegSmith @ Cooking.In.College — April 27, 2011 @ 2:44 am

    This is so exciting! I cannot wait to live at an apartment that has a balcony 🙂 Put up lots of pictures! Good luck with the dirty hands business!

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    Kat — April 27, 2011 @ 3:40 am

    God, Huck just kills me.

    I didn't even think about the over-the-rail planters but that could be a really smart way for us to expand our growing space! IOU!

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    5 — April 28, 2011 @ 12:57 am

    Great idea on the hanging planters! We have so much shade (read: 80%) in our yard, that I am hard pressed to grow grass, much less anything else. We're going to give it another go this year. One of these years, we'll get something out of our garden–I just know it!

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    Anna — April 28, 2011 @ 5:58 pm

    I love that you are growing basil, rosemary, and cilantro! I've wanted to do that for a while now.. and you've encouraged me to make it happen! Unfortunately, here in Chicago, the weather is still cold and in the low 40's so I usually start my garden mid-May. I can't wait to grow tomatoes and green beans again!

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