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June 25th, 2011, 10:44 AM
AndyBee's Avatar Super Mommy
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We just moved into an apartment that has a nice long patio. I want to hang some flower baskets, but also want to have container vegetable gardens on the rails. We face north, so I know this will hamper what I can grow. However, since it's right on the rail, I'm wondering if we will get enough sun after all. What if I were to do a topsy turvy tomato plant? Do you think that would get enough sun?

I'm planning on doing lots of leafy greens, and maybe some cabbage and broccoli too. Any other suggestions?

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July 4th, 2011, 12:02 PM
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About the Topsy Turvy - make sure you plant it very deeply (pick off some leave so just the top couple are still there and bury the rest of the stem). They tell you this in the videos but not in the included paper instructions. I didn't watch the video tips until after I had planted, and sure enough once the plant got to a certain size it just snapped at the roots.
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July 11th, 2011, 10:00 PM
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We live at an apartment and I have had some good success with my plants as long as you keep on watering them before the soil gets too dry . Avoid getting water on the plants you want to only get water near the roots area .

Also, I agree bury tomatoes plant deep otherwise the roots will dry out too quickly because the lack of water intake .

I also say make sure you put your plants in an area where they are able to get the most sun on your patio you will get to know as you see the sun go by . With my tomato plants I put them on a little stand more out closer to the end of the patio .

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