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The Apartment Garden


Hello everyone,

Just wanted to gather some thoughts about having an actual food producing plot of dirt on the balcony for myself and other apartment dwellers.  My wife and I go through a good amount of squash and potatoes, so it makes sense for me to try and get those produced.

I live in middle Tennessee and my balcony is the top (3rd floor) level with a S/W exposure, so it gets a lot of light most of the day.  It is 5x10 feet with a few small flower pots already out there (none hanging at the moment). 

I worry about the sunlight, but am not opposed to putting up a sun blind over the planter.  I'm wondering if there's any reason why I can't get a successful potato or squash plant to grow other than pure size restrictions.

Anyone got any tips/suggestions?


Potatoes and squash take lots of room to grow. I'd try and find crops that grow vertically. Beans, Peas, you might be able to train squash to grow an a trellis, tomatoes, lettuce greens, things like that would be more suited to an apartment garden

I don't know about potatoes, but you can grow squash vertically.  Get a good sized pot, use plenty of compost in the soil (1/3) and build a strong structure to support the plant.  If you support the plant, it will hold the fruit.

I have even seen watermellon grown vertically.


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