Three failures in the garden

Small broad beans plants

When you are gardening, one thing is for sure – there will always be something that doesn’t work out the way you planned.

In this article I share three of the failures in my garden this year and also work out some new approaches to try next year to get a better result.

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Can you do vermicomposting in an apartment?

vermicomposting

When I started growing food on my balcony, I soon realized that I wanted to try to make my own compost. There are several advantages to making your own compost. However, composting is not an easy task when you live in an apartment. After my failure at hot composting on my balcony, I turned to worm composting, or vermicomposting, to see if that would work well in an apartment.

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Hot composting in an apartment

Warm composting in an apartment

I enjoy growing herbs and vegetables on my balcony, so I need to buy soil and compost. This is a yearly investment and it can be quite expensive. Having my own supply of high quality compost to mix in with the soil from the year before, lets me reuse the soil. Then I don’t have to throw it away, and buy new. And the plants get top quality soil to grow in and produce perfectly.

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Creating a small food forest

Creating a food forest

In early spring 2016 I started working on the second part of the garden – the small food forest area. The space I have available is not very lucrative. It’s facing north and is located next to a larger road and it only receives partial sun. In addition, the ground is full of stones and there are several larger trees in the area, creating shade. I don’t know if this will work, but I’m giving it a try.

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