Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Balcony Gardening!

We're lucky enough to have a small balcony.  It has provided a nice place for V. and I to sit, and our dog, Charlie, loves to lie out in the sun.  People can step outside to smoke during gatherings.  Sometimes, we even get to watch fireworks over the trees.

Watching a documentary on Cuba and their peak oil crisis made me think of another way we could use the balcony.

We're going to build a short retaining wall and create fourteen square feet of garden along the two outside walls.  We don't eat a big variety of vegetables, so this space should allow us to grow all we need with room for a little extra.  The plants shouldn't need too much maintenance on my part.  They'll be outside in the Texas heat and sun, and even on the side of the house that gets some shade.  I hope that with some watering and a hunt for harmful insects now and then, we'll have a nice bounty of veggies that we can simply step outside and pick.  They won't be subject to a ton of harmful pesticides, and they won't be driven hundreds of miles to reach our table.

Do you have any gardening tips for us?  Can you suggest plants that will do well in this climate?  Feel free to leave your thoughts in a comment!

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