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  • in reply to: Balcony Growing — Best Foods #68099
    HVixx
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    Oh thanks very much. That link is great, love the idea of recycling to grow rather than buying pots and planters and much cheaper too.  I am going to use a recycled barrell rather than a pot for carrots I think as I got one for free, I’ve been told though that they are different when it comes to temperature and moisture control? Any suggestions for companion plants for carrots?

    Might do the bottles for lettuce and kale in the windows, I’ve also been told quick radishes grow in 30 days so will give them a go too but maybe limit the bottle growing to herbs and salad greens.

    @wildman what is a potato cube?

    in reply to: Urban Sustainability #68104
    HVixx
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    No you would! Well I’m sure convincing most to go without a fridge would seem way too far but any tips you have would be great. Just out of curiosity what do you use instead? Do you have a cold box or do you buy fresh food often? Do you live in city?
    Tips on waste and packaging reduction would be good, or recipes for household products that are home made and eco friendly anything really any knowledge you have to share, I know people manage zero waste but any little tricks you have found along the way.

    I’ve also found that in my age group anyway no one wants a tv really, which is GREAT no advertising in your living room!

    in reply to: Balcony Growing — Best Foods #68105
    HVixx
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    Thanks for the tips. Yea vertical gardening is very appealing to me especially because I have two long windows I could do the bottles in and the balcony space could be utilized to great effect with vertical planting. I’m not sure if peppers could grow in the (lack of) Irish sun but squash beans and other types of beans I will try. Can’t wait to have some tomatoes for salads that are fresh and home grown.

    in reply to: Balcony Growing — Best Foods #68096
    HVixx
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    Yea I’ve been told to plant quick radish by a friend, I must try it as I’ve never grown it before and I love it roasted.
    Anymore suggestions would be great the space is about 4ft by 5ft, building a small raised bed is a possibility so carrots will also be on my to do list.

    Has anyone experience with vertical bottle growing and if it is effective or not? I’ve seen people do it but just wondering efficiency wise or plant quality it seems lettuce would be the only manageable thing to grow in 2L bottles that I have seen, might be better for propagating rather than growing.

    in reply to: Balcony Growing — Best Foods #68097
    HVixx
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    Can I also ask Marc UK what is the turnover time on mange tout and french beans?

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