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Herb Gardening it up in my appartment
I have a pretty big balcony, but it only gets a few hours of direct sunlight thanks to a line of trees blocking the sunrise, and the overhang on my balcony blocking the sun after 11am. I grew a bit of basil and it was not wholly unsuccessful but the plant never got to the fullness that my last one did on our porch that got full sun.
I now see two options,
1) Buy an areo garden
2) go absolutely crazy and try and rig some grow lights outside myself.
The problem seems to be that option two wont save me any money, because the cost of the lights is like 50-60 itself (such as this: http://www.amazon.com/Hydrofarm-FLCDG125D-Fluorowing-Compact-Fluorescent/dp/B001UV6P9I/ref=lp_14252941_1_6?s=lawn-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1421345106&sr=1-6
) Which I could use in tandem with some pots and such that I have outside, but once I buy the materials I'll probably be pretty close to this medium areo garden in price: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NHCLZ48
Since the balcony gets a little sun, figure I can probably get away with a pretty shitty rig to supplement just a few more hours of sunlight. I know some of you are crafty, I'm just wondering if anybody has built something cheap that may be worth trying to replicate? I have a little time before it warms up, but I'm down in Texas so not much longer.
Visuals of balcony:
The Balcony really is quite large, Its nearly 5X19 and in a meduim sized apartment that's a lot of space to utilize, here's a visual:
You can see my succulents growing with relative success, as well as the forgiving sweet potato vines. I plan to put the herbs on a little rack and pushing it against the wall.