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Hello! I'm looking to start growing my own veg. I live in the middle of a city and have a shared garden. My elderly neighbor spends a lot of his time tending to it and I don't really want to barge in and start churning up dirt, especially as I don't really know what I am doing yet! So I thought I would start with growing something inside... but I really don't have a clue what to start with or even what can be grown successfully inside. So far I have mastered Cress hahaha. Any help would be awesome. Thanks!
 

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I would say start little, such as edible herbs such as parsely,mint, oregano etc. Nice and easy windowsill plants <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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That would be good! I love fresh herbs but normally buy the packed ones (which can be quite pricey for a student budget :S) I once tried getting a pre-grown basil plant, but I couldn't keep it alive.. no idea how I went wrong other than maybe it was just on its last legs when I got it? Have you ever tried growing herbs from seeds? Do you know if it is hard?
 

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I grew my parsley from seeds, and it turned out very well. Maybe you overwatered it or something? I only water my plants when the soil is dry to the touch.
 

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By the sound of things I think I did over water it :S<br><br>
Maybe I will start with parsley then, and one day, with any luck, I may manage potatoes!
 

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Good luck!!!
 

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I got into seed sprouting then worked my way into outdoor gardening. Bean sprouts, sunflower, radish, alfalfa. It's very easy, quick, doesn't require any space or outdoor light and is insanely nutritious.<br><br>
On something like basil, the plant roots need water and oxygen. If the roots end up sitting in a pool of water they don't get enough oxygen. If they are in completely dry soil they won't get water. The plant can die from either extreme. Basil also needs a lot of direct light. If you don't have a window with direct sun, you could put it under a fluorescent light.<br><br>
If your neighbor has already taken over the garden I'd be careful about what I put in there and make sure anything I wanted was a good companion for the existing plants. Some plants will have a negative effect on certain other plants they are next too. And some plants, like mint, will become invasive and eventually overrun the garden and become impossible to remove. Google "companion planting". Usually flowers in the springtime are a safe bet because they will attract bees, who will end up pollinating whatever vegetables are planted around them. So your neighbor will probably like you for that. Some flowers are edible (borage, nasturtium...), some can be used to make tea (jasmine, chamomile...), and some smell nice and make great potpourri (lavender, lilac, honeysuckle...). I think it's hard to go wrong with flowers in the spring.
 

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Hello! I'm looking to start growing my own veg. I live in the middle of a city and have a shared garden. My elderly neighbor spends a lot of his time tending to it and I don't really want to barge in and start churning up dirt, especially as I don't really know what I am doing yet! So I thought I would start with growing something inside...</div>
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Talk to your neighbour and use the garden! Chances are they'll be happy for a chance to ramble on about gardening, and can probably give advice on what to plant. Growing in the ground requires way less effort than pots/indoor. The soil is probably nice and rich too if the garden is being tended by your neighbour <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
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I once tried getting a pre-grown basil plant, but I couldn't keep it alive.. no idea how I went wrong other than maybe it was just on its last legs when I got it?</div>
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I've found basil very easy to grow, just stick it in the ground and leave it. Water it if it starts wilting, otherwise leave it alone. Trim the flowers if you want to keep it going though.<br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
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I grew my parsley from seeds, and it turned out very well. Maybe you overwatered it or something? I only water my plants when the soil is dry to the touch.</div>
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I've got some parsley that's growing from seed - I just churned up the dirt a little, threw a pack on the ground and gave them a light 'stir' in (note: not the most efficient way of planting). It's been raining a lot lately so I haven't even had to water them.<br><br>
Protip: don't move parsley seedlings, especially when they're small. Pretty much 100% of the ones I tried to move died, the ones that haven't look pretty sick.
 

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I'm excited to start doing this next year. I'll have a little landing area outside my apartment door, but I'm not sure how much light it will get.
 

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Wow! What a wealth of knowledge <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"> Thanks so much Mojo and Leth! I'm so exited to get started!! I think I will try and pluck up the courage to just ask my neighbor if I can take over a patch, but until then I have my eyes on a window pot which I hope will bring me tasty treats. Thanks again!
 
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