October 23, 2016

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 […]

Free or Cheap Ways to Get Seeds

February 17, 2016 aptprepper 6

Now that it is mid-February, spring is not that far away. The first official day of spring is Sunday, March 20th. It is time to start thinking about the balcony garden, and ways to get started inexpensively. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Grow Great Vegetables in Containers with these 4 Tips

July 19, 2014 aptprepper 3

Do not let the lack of space keep you from growing some great tasting fresh vegetables, fruits and herbs at home. Regardless of whether you have a balcony at your apartment or a small backyard in the city, it is possible to reap a bountiful harvest every gardening season. […]

Do you Need Food Storage If You have a Garden?

August 9, 2013 aptprepper 5

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com A few weeks ago, I wrote about the apartment garden “hanging in there” in spite of the summer heat.  Well, just a few short weeks later, it’s not doing so well. The plants have been attacked by these black caterpillars that eat through all the leaves and even soft branches.  They grow big and fat then turn into these ugly moths.  Ugggh!!  Between the 106 heat and the caterpillars, my poor garden is […]

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 […]

Three Herbs Even a Non-Gardener can Grow

July 17, 2012 aptprepper 7

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com When I look at my apartment complex, I see that only a couple of balconies contain any plants.  I would have to conclude the majority of apartment dwellers do not even try to grow anything.  If you are a prepper living in an apartment, I would encourage you to try and grow a few herbs that are hardy and low maintenance.  If you have kids, it’s a fun activity for them as well.  […]

Balcony Garden Struggles

June 11, 2012 aptprepper 11

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com It’s not even summer yet and the balcony garden is showing signs of difficulty.  The above photo shows the cilantro after a day of 95 degree heat. I will need to start watering twice daily instead of once to see if I can save this one. The mint leaves which were lush and healthy just a few days ago seem to have gotten attacked by some kind of pest that is eating the […]

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