Growing an awesome herb, fruit and veggie garden is still possible on balconies, and other small living spaces.
Many people are opting to live in units and apartments (as opposed to freestanding houses and townhouses) for lifestyle reasons. This so called 'sacrifice' does not mean to imply that such home owners (whether renting or otherwise) cannot do without a suitable vegetable garden in the home. With the right tools, you'll be surprised to discover that you don't need to own any land to be able to grow some fantastic vegetables (even organic), as well as fruits and herbs. The good news is that herbs such as basil, parsley and coriander are ideal for balcony gardeners. Growing vegetables such as lettuce and tomatoes are greatly suited to the balcony hone garden also. Strawberries are perfect fruits to grow on the balcony based garden as well. Elevated Gardens is a recommended company in helping those who wish to grow their own vegetable, fruit and/or herb garden on a balcony.
So easy to do
1. A little ray of sunshine, or ideally a lot.
Your ideal balcony gardening spot needs to be kept away from the wind. Ensure your balcony based herb, fruit and/or vegetable garden is exposed to at least four hours of sunshine on a daily basis. This can be achievable in the winter months, although more ideal in Spring and Summer.
Ensure your shelves are elevated, and that way your garden is exposed to some sunshine, depending on the elevation levels of your home balcony. Your garden needs to be watered with ease as well. Elevation ensures that both your taller and smaller garden plants receive sufficient sunshine all round.
Growing such quality mushrooms is possible for those of you not living in a freestanding house
Use a drip tray to minimise water wastage, and also ensure there is a drainage hole at the base. Plastic pots are ideal, or for more home decorating finesse, terracotta pots are also suitable. As a general rule of thumb, the larger pots (in depth) are suitable to grow vegetables, while the smaller pots (again, depth wise) are better for fruits and herbs.
Plant immediately after purchase. Many nurseries advise you to plant the smaller seeds at the front, and the larger seeds at the back, so to optimise sun exposure. Create decent gaps between all of the seeds, just like how you keep a 'bubble' around your car while driving. This will assist with ease of growth.
Plant your seeds with confidence
5. Potting Mix
For high quality foods that you're about to eat down the track; it is wise (albeit sensible) to invest in a high quality potting mixture. The soil must be well drained, and high in nutrients. When growing vegetables, they need to grow quite quickly in order to maximise their flavours. Miracle-Gro will assist in this process, especially when growing vegetables at a home balcony.
now ready to eat
All the best with planting the right herbs, fruits and/or vegetables on your home balcony. Let us know how you go.