Balcony Botanicals...

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It's Spring again and the yard (and weeds) beckon. That and the posts from Rebecca about her refurbishing an old greenhouse have got me thinking about killing... er, growing another batch of flowers and edibles this year.

For those without a hundred acre wood... or a backyard, here's an idea. Planting a 'vertical' garden. Bet it could be used for herbs and small veggies too.
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And another resource (with pictoral step by steps... >> From Growingagreenerworld.com <<

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There are 'warnings' about using pallets which are chemically treated against bugs and rot... not good for plants or people either. If you have a factory nearby which makes them, you can ask for 'heat treated' or 'fresh' (not treated) pallets for a small cost. If you just aren't sure about 'dumpster diving' for non pedigree pallets or have access to a factory -- you can always get some VERY cheap lumber and make your own in less then a hour (as long as you have a hammer, some nails, and a saw -- two by fours and the cross timber).

Whichever way you go... happy harvesting!
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Something else to consider is making compost. Most can not set up a huge bin (or bins) to pile leaves and grass and newspaper and food bits... so maybe you might consider doing a small 'worm farm'. Done properly, it does not smell and you end up with top of the line soil. (( ya, it's worm 'poop' but so is the finest soils in the world. wormz iz our friends!! ))
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Here's the low down from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection with tips and stuff
>> www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/massdep/recycle/reduce/vermicomposting-indoor-composting-with-worms.html <<

... and more info on how to do it (and how to get kids involved... playing with worms -- YEA !! )
>> Vermicomposting <<
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