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I live in an apartment in a city in NJ where there are no community gardens to grow food in. My apartment gets good sunlight and I have a fire escape. I've heard of people using the fire escape to grow some food, but I need advice on what kind of food and how to do it.<br><br>
Any help would be greatly appreciated!
 

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I have always wondered how I would grow if I lived in an apartment. I would maybe try getting a spot on top of the building. I have seen green houses before on top of apartments. And of course if you have a deck or fire escape. Or maybe if there is any lawn you could dig up a spot for a garden. But lawn care probably has sprayed for weeds and fertilizers. Good question I am curious to know myself.
 

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well, this might not be what you're after, but you can definitely grow sprouts (alfalfa, bean, clover...etc) and they require no soil, so that might be an option. I grow sprouts on the kitchen counter and in about 5 day they are ready to eat. Also, you can try growing some herbs inside like basil, oregano, even garlic..etc.
 

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Beansprouts are really satisfying to grow, and you can keep your eye on them inside nice and easily. Otherwise, +1 from me on Clare's oregano. I had a bit more trouble with basil, but I'm in the UK so not ideal conditions for it.
 

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You can actually grow quite a few things in containers. I have grown tomatoes successfully and hope to try some other things soon. Search "container gardening" and I am sure you can find tons of helpful info. Good luck!!
 

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I have grown tomatoes, green beans, peppers and lettuce successfully in containers. I used empty kitty litter buckets, drilled holes in the bottom for drainage, added a layer of small rocks and then filled the containers with soil. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/thumbsup.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":up:">
 

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If you have direct sunlight, you can grow tomatoes and peppers in 5 gallon pots. Just make sure you have adequate drainage. I don't live in an apartment but I don't have space in my backyard to plant directly into the ground - I grow tomatoes, hot peppers, and sweet peppers (as well as fresh herbs) in pots and they grow great!
 

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You can grow lots of things as well as fruits and veggies inside your apartment. You may need a grow light if your not getting much sunlight and be sure to use lightweight potting soil in your containers. Window bins and planter stands next to the windows work great. They even make small greenhouses that can be placed indoors. I've seen really cool hydroponic gardens in windows as well that are made out of soda bottles. Just do a bit of google searching on mixing or purchasing lightweight soil and indoor container gardening.
 

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Meaning lotsa vermiculite or perlite
 

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Growing veggies in an apartment? Hmm. I would be interested in proven techniques on that myself.<br><br>
So far the only things I could think to offer that might help would to be try and jerry rig a veggie-friendly hydroponics system(see windowfarms.org as inspiration I suppose<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/huh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":huh:">), and go with the above mentioned container gardening for any larger veggies. I am of course just venturing an opinion. The only thing I have growing around here is my crazy aloe vera, and it almost seems to thrive on my neglect. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/lipsrsealed2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":sealed:">
 

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You can do a hanging cherry tomato plant, basil grows FANTASTIC in pots, I grew a bunch of it this year in a cracked waste-paper basket, you could do almost like a window box, but they have them that hang off a railing, you could have a bunch of herbs growing in that. I grew a bunch of jalapenos in little flower pots, they did great. I've also grown stuff on my wide windowsills inside my apartment.
 

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I'll be interested to hear how your homemade window farm does. I set up my aerogardens every winter when the snow drives me inside. They are awesome but not terribly cost effective. But even amazon has hydroponic growing supplies these days.<br><br>
If you haven't seen it Life on the Balcony is a good blog for balcony/fire escape gardening. I agree with the recommendations for classics like greens and herbs. Dwarf fruit trues will do well. I have meyer lemon and bananas. I did the cascading tomatoes OChild mentioned and they didn't do badly. There's lotsa new varieties bred for containers, even patio zucchini.
 
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