Growing Vegetables in Full SunCountry Living's expert answers your questions about gardening. Loretta HostettlerAdvertisement - Continue Reading BelowI have full sun from sunup to sundown in my Zone 7 yard. It sounds like you have ideal conditions for vegetables, as long as you can provide sufficient water during high summer.
Here is Chrissie's story of how she managed to tranform the 12th floor balcony into a thriving vegetable plot:I live on the 6th floor of a 12 storey block of flats in Outer London, which has a balcony measuring 11' x 4' and I've heard many people saying how upset they are that they can't grow things just because they live in a flat and cannot get an allotment. Think Upwards Not Outwards When Planning Your SpaceObviously, in a confined space, you may have some empty periods while you wait for pots to become vacant and be planted and growing again, but you can have veggies cropping at different times of the year so you always have something to pick and eat. You should seek independent professional advice before acting upon any information on the VegetableExpert website.
These are the coupon matchups for the ad to get you started.  Please let me know if you see any other hot deals while in your store.  Winn Dixie is notorious for in store specials and sometimes we don’t find the deals until the sale starts!! In Philadelphia, the growing season between the last and first frost dates is long, with plenty of time to bring crops to maturity before cold weather sets in. If you find any AWESOME deals, please share them with me so that I can add them to the matchups! Tomatoes, peppers, and cucumbers are warm-weather plants, along with eggplant, corn, melons, summer squash, and pumpkins.

Just think there are 48 balconies on each block of flats - what a huge available growing area that is.
Bush and pole beans also like to grow in warm soil, while peas prefer a cool start and will suffer when the temperatures get hot. They are also good when sown in the late summer for a fall crop, but do not do well in the heat of summer. Here's how I created my own balcony vegetable patch:Which Fruit and Vegetables to Plant on a BalconyFor A?30, I bought two 4 tier growing houses, which can be bought at various outlets. Many of these vegetables can be bought as young seedlings at your local nursery or garden center, or you can start your own from seed packets bought locally or from mail-order seed merchants such as W. If your garden is large, you may want to install an irrigation system to ensure that the plants do not dry out and become stressed, thereby reducing your yields. The open gap on the balcony has a grid on it - this has been filled with pot holders for beans, tomatoes and courgette plants which can grow up the gridding. In limited space, you have to think upwards rather than outwards and not be stopped by thinking everything has to be in rows taking up valuable floor space - think floor to ceiling.Now My Friends Are Growing Their Own Too!I now have several friends started on their garden by giving them the plants I don't have room for, so they are also experiencing the fun of growing your own. These can be simple and inexpensive or more high-tech, but as long as the soil is kept moist, the plants will thrive. I use the earth from giant tomato grow bags and my valentine's present was a packet of organic poo granules!

Follow the directions on the seed packet and resist the temptation to set them out in the ground too early, before the soil has warmed.
For more information, check out Vegetable Gardening for Dummies (IDG Books, 1999) by Charlie Nardozzi and the editors of the National Gardening Association. There was a very long silence when my partner asked me what I wanted for Valentine's Day.In my balcony space I am growing potatoes, tomatoes, courgettes, aubergines, beans, onions, lettuce, spring onions, garlic, broccoli, carrots, spinach, peppers, chillis, patty pan squash, radishes, strawberries and lots of herb pots. There's still room for a few pots of cyclamen and geraniums for colour, hanging out my washing and one very spoilt cat on his padded chair!
My canteen manager gives me empty mayonnaise tubs and I use the plastic cups that my salad comes in as seed propagators as they have convenient little plastic hats with a hole in. Seeds love their individual apartments!Even if you have a windowsill you can grow herbs for your cooking so no space is too small to have some fresh produce. Happy growing.Chrissie Vegetable Expert made a donation of A?15 to the Cats' Protection League on behalf of Chrissie to say thanks for sharing her experiences with our readers. If you have a story that you could share that will help or inspire growers a similar situation to yours, please Contact Us.

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