Good Questions: Preparing & Planting an Urban Terrace?

Good Questions: Preparing & Planting an Urban Terrace?

Aaron Able
Mar 9, 2009
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Hi all - It's March and my terrace has lain dormant since the summer. It's now spring and the place needs cleaning and planting and I'm kind of stuck and out of ideas. It's a lovely spot and I spend basically every evening out there in the summer and I want it to look and feel good! It's about 20 feet by nine feet, faces mainly west but also south. It gets lots of sun but also a ton of wind. I have a lot of pots of varying sizes the largest being a half barrel. I've also got a rectangular planter facing due west with a trellis where i have never been able to get any climbing plant to thrive there successfully. I do have some nice ornamental grasses that are lovely and (almost) maintenance free...

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What I need is advice on some wind-resistant plants and some layout help. I definitely want to grow a lot of kitchen herbs: rosemary, chives, parsley, thyme, rosemary, lemon verbena, mint and lots of basil. I would also like to find some tomato plants that will actually thrive in this location. Is it too late to start growing some things by seed? I leafed through the Burpee catalogue and there are so many choices (over a dozen different kinds of strawberry plants!), so, please AT urban gardeners, offer some advice!

Anyone?

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