Teeny Tiny Gardens

by justine

OMG I want to do this right now. This being CONTAINER GARDENING – growing things has been on my mind a bit recently. And I just love things that break the rules. Don’t have enough space for a garden? Just make the container smaller.

Like, really small.

From Life On The Balcony blog

Also note this ridiculousness: A tiny planter for my bike?! An even tinier planter for my NECK?!

But really, I’ve toyed with the idea of growing tomatoes – just tomatoes – because if I could grow them I would have fresh deliciousness at hand and I would save at least $8 per month. But when I start contemplating tomatoes, broccoli, zucchini, lettuce come out to play. My imagination spins planters upon planters of vegetables, an entire wall of succulents and maybe a fruit tree for good measure. Preferably oranges. Sweet ones.

Haven’t taken the plunge though. First of all, I don’t know where to start. And secondly, I’ve killed all four plants we’ve had in the past 2 years. I can name them for you — there was the Benjamin Ficus, the succulent (this one wasn’t my fault – the wind knocked it over and split it in two), the general, hardy flowering plant and the basil plant. Yes. I am interested in growing a full on farm on my balcony and I couldn’t be trusted with a basil plant. Thirdly, our balcony is small and full of LA dust and it seems the little hothouse window above my kitchen sink made for growing things does nothing but fry them indefinitely. I’ve been at a loss.

Cue “Life On The Balcony“, a blog about container gardening. It came to me from Anthology Magazine which the wonderful Susannah Conway linked to in her Something For The Weekend post April 6th. Ah, the internet 🙂

So one of three problems (#1 above) is pretty much solved by the awesomeness of the web. Problems 2 & 3, I’m hoping, will come in due time as I read said blog and then move on to actually picking up a trowel. But let’s not get ahead of our sprouts… I mean selves. Happy Monday!