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Brandon Greer
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I live in Dallas which has some pretty intense sunlight. I have an apartment with a west facing balcony. I'm sure I could grow some shade loving herbs here, but do you guys think I could grow some veggies here? I'm hoping with such intense sunlight, the afternoon sun might provide enough sun to do the trick. What do you guys think?
 
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It's done all the time.
 
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If you can get 6 or more hours of sunlight during the day, you should be able to grow vegetables. Keeping them watered might be your biggest challenge, if sunlight isn't a problem. In my climate, which is very rainy and sunlight is variable, I still had to water my vegetables in containers three times a day on sunny days--and once a day on cloudy/rainy days. After I set up a diy wicking system, I only had to refill the containers maybe every other day, which certainly saved me time; and also helped my plants grow better, as they weren't so stressed.
 
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I think it gets good sun. I will give it a try. Thanks!
 
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Ideally you can get very large containers. I used to use beverage tubs between 10 and 17 gallons each. The larger containers let me get away with watering once a day in the hot summer. I found several large plants in a larger tub did better than 1 plant in a 5 gallon bucket.

Ideally you can use something like a boot tray to keep water from going to the balcony below you. It will also let the plants suck up excess water during the day.

I have found that container gardens need extra feeding to keep the plant fruiting. I used worm compost tea, Neptune's Harvest and Espoma Plant Tone to feed my plants.

I made my own potting soil with good compost with peat moss or coconut coir. It is cheaper to buy components and mix your own potting mix.

I also would add a layer of mulch to the containers. The plants like it.
 
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Kate Muller wrote:Ideally you can get very large containers.

Ideally you can use something like a boot tray to keep water from going to the balcony below you. It will also let the plants suck up excess water during the day.

I made my own potting soil with good compost with peat moss or coconut coir. It is cheaper to buy components and mix your own potting mix.

I also would add a layer of mulch to the containers. The plants like it.


This is all advice I plan on using.

What do we think about city-provided hard water for plants? That is all I have to water plants with unless I can get my pur filter to fit on the tap.
 
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