I Have No Idea What I’m Doing

I have this big idea to turn my Manhattan terrace into a vertical garden. I’ve spent a crazy amount of time flipping through urban gardening articles and watching D.I.Y. YouTube videos, and still I have no idea what I’m doing.

Here’s what I do know:
I’m following the square foot method, since it seems like the most straightforward technique for container gardening.

I sowed leek, pepper, eggplant, and artichoke seeds about one week ago in an egg carton on my windowsill. Most of the seeds have germinated. Simple magic.

Read what you’d like, but nothing beats some sound advice from actual people, like Toni at Boulder Locavore and my friend Danny.

It’s best to grow in a southern facing location with 8-10 hours of direct sunlight. I have an eastern facing terrace that gets 6-7 hours of smoggy sunlight.

I’ve read it’s best to start with just a few plants your first year of gardening. I’ve ordered 40 seed packets…

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  1. vanessacooksinavl said: Are you going to wait until next year to have edible artichokes or are you going to try to “trick” your seeds into being an annual? I have been reading up on growing artichokes lately, just curious about your method :)
  2. krippner said: Try anything and everything! You’ll want to concentrate on varieties that do not require full sun with your location, but you never know what will really work unless you try it
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