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Member since: April 28, 2009



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Seattle, Wa 98109
USDA hardiness zone 7B

Member since:

April 28, 2009

About me

I've been living in downtown Seattle since 2005. I was never really into gardening, yards, yard work, weeding, planting - you name it, I hated it. When I moved from my Capitol Hill apartment w/no patio to my Queen Anne apartment w/a 19x16 foot patio, my dad gave me a tomato plant in a container and said "just give it a try". I was instantly hooked - I started w/that little tomato plant in the spring of 2008 & have just been doing everything on the trail by error (or success) process - all in containers. Some successes of 2008: cherry tomatoes, jalapeno's, thai basil, rosemary, oregano, parsley, thai chili peppers, lettuce What I've planted in 2009: Herbs - basil, dill, parsley, oregano, rosemary, spring onions, cilantro Peppers - yellow bell, green bell, jalepeno's, super hots Leafy plants - lettuce, spinach, boc choy, endives Everything else - carrots, garlic, cherry tomatoes I'm currently looking for fun stuff to plant this summer - I'm not even sure if it's still "in season" to do so. If you have any advice - please send it my way! Also - when I got my dog, I was watching this show on Animal Planet about this company in NY that would put sod down and change it for a fee. I thought to myself, Seattle HAS to have this. Well they didn't so I decided to grow my own grass :) That's right - I grew a 2x3 foot patch of grass for my little dog to hang out on. It's lasted since November 2008. It has it's ups and downs in growth and green but it's still hanging on. You'll see it in some of my pictures, let me know if you need help growing your own patch!

Current project

Can I plant a potato plant or is it too late? I plan on being at my apartment for a while so...what can I do to have fun plants throughout the fall and winter? Next spring I'd like to layer my plants along the two walls I currently use. I'm currently looking for inexpensive tables, bar stools, etc that I can decorate myself and have my plants at all different levels. Know of a good deal somewhere? Let me know about it!

Type of gardener


Favorite garden activity

sitting on my patio & admiring how my plants have actually made it!

garden wall

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FigTree commented on 03/04/10
What type of container did you use for your dog grass?
leaflady commented on 09/25/09
I just used 2 oil pans from the auto parts store :)
SeattleCityGardner replied: on 03/15/10
Awesome photos! Wow, you have A LOT of vegetables growing on your balcony! So cool... Love the patch of grass idea... Our dogs go everywhere BUT the grass :-) <br/> <br/>For late season plantings: root vegetables like carrots, beets, onions (some), rutabaga; leafy vegetables like Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower... <br/> <br/>In the winter, plant ornamental cabbages and pansies... they&#x27;ll go all winter. Also, try an ornamental pine for a little green through the winter...
chief cultivator commented on 07/22/09
Love our new photos and your story about your patch of grass! Can you take a pic of your dog on it sometime to share? :)
garden slug commented on 07/22/09
OK Seattle... those veggies must be looking pretty great at this point :-). We want photos!
chief cultivator commented on 07/17/09
hey seattle, when are you going to post some pics of your vegetable garden?!!
chief cultivator commented on 06/26/09