No matter how small your living space, there is always room to grow a few edible plants.
I struggled a bit with our new place as we have electric shutters and while we are at work, there is no light coming to the house. So the only plants I have indoor are dried flowers. But I decided that I can transform our small outdoor space and make it into a fun inviting, cosy garden that feels homier.
Last year around March I decided to grow some herbs and later took some strawberries. I still have the same herbs but this year I added a few more additions like tomatoes, chives, 3 different kinds of basil, more parsley, small oranges, and lavender. The rest are flowers and as I am planning to make my whole balcony space green I decided I can update you over a few months with my progress.
I know fresh herbs are so accessible nowadays ordinarily, but with the current pandemic, is a bit hard to find any. Everyone is buying them like hot bread.
Some simple plants and herbs you can keep in your balcony includes:
- Cherry Tomatoes
- Chilli peppers
- Spring onions
Before you begin maybe do a bit of research about the seeding method or if you think is easier you can buy already seedling plants.
For me, the wises option was to plant some herbs and small flowers, given their high value and their low space requirements, I could fit them in my balcony and still have space for my dog summer pool 😀 I do wish to take a small palm tree this year but let’s see how it goes once the lockdown is over.
Consider a few important things before you start gardening on your balcony.
- Balconies can be windy. Most plants cannot handle the wind.
- Be careful if it is too sunny, balconies are often made with tiles which can absorb head, therefore, you can overhead the plants. Choose plants that like the sun.
- If you do not have a lot of light on your balcony consider plants that are shade tolerant.
- Consider mulching your pots to keep them from freezing over the winter and keep them a bit cooler over the summer
- Use your walls if you are allowed to hang some flower pots or create vines and climbers. ( I am not unfortunately so I need to get creative)
It’s all about choosing the plants that fit your environment The best idea, if you are just beginning, is to start slowly. See if you like gardening and consider how much time you want to spend and how attentive to your plants you are!
Planting Your Fruits and Veggies
I am sure there are a million guides in Google that you can check depending on the type of plants you want. I am no expert on gardening at all but this is what I did:
- Arrange your containers before you pour the soil.
- Pour in your potting soil and mix in a little organic fertilizer.
- Plant your seeds or seedlings only as far down in the soil as recommended in the instructions.
- Add more soil around the base of the seedlings if necessary, once all the plants are in place.
- Add water until the soil is wet, but not completely saturated, and be sure to keep the water off the leaves as the plants grow.
Once this is done, take good care of your plants. I like going to my plants every morning and greeting them, checking if they are ok. I am so excited every time I see a sprout coming out of the soil. It feels so good to take some herbs that I have kept alive for a second year and use it for cooking. I cannot wait until we have a house with a garden big enough to transform it.
It’s all about enjoying the little things in life isn’t it?
I’d love to know if anyone here is also that crazy to talk to their plants 😀