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*Poof* I appear. [Jan. 22nd, 2004|10:48 am]


[mood |happyhappy]
[music |Bungle in the Jungle by Jethro Tull]

Love to join you if you don't mind. I'm a gardening geek stuck to an apartment on the South Side of Chicago, Zone 5, but since I just moved and have a lovely large balcony that faces South and gets morning sun, I intend to put together as many containers as I can afford and as will fit. I'm going to have to ask my downstairs neighbor if she doesn't mind vines hanging over her view (not much of a view, mostly parking lot, houses, and street) and offer to share.

I grow things primarily for canning and/or drying, and I tend to stick to what I need for my salsa (5 pounds of tomatoes and assorted other veggies), plus herbs for healing and seasoning. This year I intend to can as many pints of salsa as possible, since it always seems to run out so quickly on me and I never have any left by winter.

I'm strictly organic since my goal is to use/consume as few chemicals as possible and it's perfectly simple to recycle what I have at home and purchase organic fertilizer for what I don't have. I also try to stick to open-pollinated and heirloom varieties. Occasionally that becomes difficult, as I haven't found an OP dwarf bell pepper that performs anywhere near as well as Jingle Bells....