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Growing Vegetables in the Balcony

June 3, 2016 aptprepper 3

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com To become more self sufficient, a common piece of advice is to grow your own vegetables.   Ideally, you would have a nice sized backyard to start your garden, but apartment dwellers have very limited space.  So we decided to try growing some vegetables in the balcony.   I don’t have a lot of plants:  just a few tomatoes, peppers, mint, rosemary, basil, green onions, parsley and cilantro. Here are some ideas to get […]

Monday Musings 10/25/2015: Aquaponics Update at Three Weeks

October 26, 2015 aptprepper 3

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Welcome to another Monday Musings, where we share interesting links about all things preparedness, as well as updates on the blog. First the blog updates… What’s going on with the apartment aquaponics project?  You may recall I posted about my latest project in Aquaponics for Small Spaces. I am happy to report the herbs are growing, the betta fish and the snails are alive!  The mints have sprouted several new shoots from the […]

Can You Grow Potatoes in a Bucket?

August 15, 2015 aptprepper 4

Growing food can insulate you from a food crisis, so I always recommend that my readers learn to grow food, even if the only space is a small balcony or patio.  One of the projects I have always wondered about was whether it is possible to grow potatoes in a bucket. (Note:  If you live in an upper floor and plan to grow plants in buckets outside in your balcony, pay attention to weight restrictions on your lease, and consider […]

Why You Need to Grow Your Own Herbs

July 30, 2015 aptprepper 3

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com I’ve had a few hits and misses with the apartment balcony garden, but each year, I try to grow at least a few herbs.  It takes only a small amount of work, but the rewards are gratifying. Now more than ever, I recommend trying it out yourself for various reasons: Food safety I was thoroughly disgusted by this little piece of news: FDA bans some Mexican cilantro after feces found in fields Cilantro […]

Easy Steps to Plan your Apartment Garden

February 3, 2015 aptprepper 1

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com It’s February and in many areas the cold will be lingering for a few more weeks.  But it is not a bad idea to start thinking about growing a few herbs and vegetables in your apartment balcony or patio. With a little planning, you can get your apartment garden started a minimal cost.  That’s why it’s best to get started early. 1.  Set aside some cash for your garden.   Save a few dollars […]

4 Tips for Small Space Gardening

September 13, 2014 aptprepper 3

Written by Mike Podlesny Just because you lack large amounts of space does not mean that you cannot grow a lot of the fresh fruits vegetables and herbs you consume. As long as you have an area that receives at least 4 hours of sunlight daily, is easy for you to water, you should be good to go.  Here are a few tips to help you get great results with small space gardening: GROW UP One of the best tips […]

Start Now for Fall Onions

August 9, 2014 aptprepper 2

Onions are a great crop for your home vegetable garden. You have plenty of choices, and they are very easy to grow directly from seed. Onions are also an excellent candidate to grow in containers, as some varieties such as the bunching types, take up very little space.
Tips for starting your fall onions […]

What To Do If You Cannot Grow A Garden

May 10, 2014 aptprepper 4

This post originally appeared in The Rural Economist I am blessed, because nearly everyday I come in contact with someone who tells me they’re starting their first garden ever. But every now and then, someone tells me that they cannot have a garden because of where they live. They want to have a garden, but do not know how to do it without getting in trouble. So I ask myself,” How would I go about starting a garden with these […]

Gardening in the City

May 3, 2013 aptprepper 1

Gardening in the City, Guest Post by Garret Stembridge Living in a city doesn’t mean you have to forgo your love of gardening. Regardless of whether you enjoy growing flowers for decoration or fruits and vegetables for consumption, virtually every home – no matter the size – has space available for gardening. Of course, living in a tiny apartment may require a little creativity, but there are many ways to convert urban living spaces into a gardener’s oasis. Consider Your […]

Apartment Garden

April 3, 2013 aptprepper 3

Tomatoes This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com I mentioned in a previous Monday Musings I started the apartment garden.  The day I started the garden our area had a cold front, and temperatures were down in the low 30s (that’s cold for Houston this time of year).  I had to keep the plants indoors at night, and took them out for sun during the day.  Now that it’s warming up again, I can leave them outside. Oregano and thai […]

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