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Growing things... you know. Plants and stuffFollow

#1 Sep 21 2012 at 11:54 PM Rating: Good
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The other night I had a mad craving for some jalapenos and pepperoncini peppers. Then I remembered a science project I had as a child in the third grade growing bell peppers, which grew most of the way to preparing large green peppers before being destroyed by aphids... who then proceeded to destroy my ant farm shortly after. I'd really like to start a garden of some sort, but the lack of a yard living in an apartment kills that idea. I suppose we could try buying a few clay pots, or experiment with growing vegetables hydroponically somehow.

My oldest brother use to grow the prettiest little green and purple marijuana plants this way. I remember how he'd grow them outside in the colder months, which stunted their growth, but forced them to produce more of those magical little crystals. Ever since then, the idea of growing plants, any kind of plant, has fascinated me. I have had several neighbors in the past have huge success with tomatoes and even strawberries. It all looks so easy from an outside perspective, but I heard of tricks ranging from the type of fertilizer used to the phase of the moon having drastic effects on the plants end product.

So what kinds of things do you grow at home, and what techniques do you use?
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#2 Sep 22 2012 at 5:57 AM Rating: Decent
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You can easily grow them in pots with the right soil and some love and care. Just keep trying!
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#3 Sep 22 2012 at 6:40 AM Rating: Good
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My father has a respectable sized vegetable garden, and while I don't know many of the details I might eb able to offer a little advice.

You said you're in an apartment, so I assume you have a balcony? Pots would be viable for a fairly large variety of vegetables, and if you wanted to increase your production you could possibly build a box. AS for what to grow, I know that my father does (romaine?) lettuce, bell peppers, yellow squash, zucchini, jalapenos, celebrity tomatoes, and red grape tomatoes. None of those are hugely work intensive.

Whatever you decide to grow make sure you've staggered your crops so it's not all coming in at the same time. Make sure it is seasonally appropriate and does well in your climate.
#4 Sep 22 2012 at 9:37 AM Rating: Excellent
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Aphids attacked your ant farm?
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#5 Sep 22 2012 at 9:58 AM Rating: Good
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Jophiel wrote:
Aphids attacked your ant farm?


Aren't aphids the cows of the ant world?
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#6 Sep 22 2012 at 10:48 AM Rating: Good
Jophiel wrote:
Aphids attacked your ant farm?


I think there's a good chance that the Syfy channel will buy the rights to this.
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#7 Sep 22 2012 at 10:42 PM Rating: Good
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Jophiel wrote:
Aphids attacked your ant farm?


It was 20 years ago. All I remember was they were small white bugs a fraction of the size of the ants. I remember one of them carrying the severed head of one my ants, the head alone being much larger than the small white insect's entire body.
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#8 Sep 22 2012 at 11:09 PM Rating: Excellent
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Those were possibly Spider mites. about the size of aphids, white not green, like to eat ants.
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