I grew up in a house with a huge garden. I remember the summer and waiting for the first strawberries to mature, eating sweet peas and tasty tomatoes. These are really important memories for me and I’m sure gardening gave me the respect and love for nature. I hated weeding, but it doesn’t ruin my good memories. Wish Sofia had a possibility to see how plants grow and bear fruit like I did.

The Balcony

Our little family lives in an apartment, on the 11th floor and there is no room for balcony gardening. Or that’s what I thought. Actually, we have a balcony, but we don’t use it much at the moment. Having a crawling and soon walking baby in the house, her safety is more important than the unused balcony space. Anyway, if everything goes well, in a couple of weeks we get some windows installed to the balcony. So it would be like a greenhouse or something like that.

As soon as it will be safe for Sofia, I have big plans for the balcony – I want to create a small herb garden. Maybe some tomatoes, herbs (growing cilantro would sure save money!), strawberries, peppers, salad greens, yummy! The main reason why I want to start a herb garden is to have fresh herbs on hand all year around and I like the idea that Sofia can see plants growing and pick her own strawberries and tomatoes.

Balcony Gardening

Balcony Gardening

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The plants for balcony gardening

As said before, I would like to create a small herb garden and maybe some edibles too. As every plant has its specific needs, I have been reading and taking notes about the conditions different plants need and which ones would be proper for our balcony. As we don’t have much space, I will try to grow only the things I know we will be consuming. I’ll start with few plants to see if I manage to keep them alive 😀

Here are some notes I have taken:

Basil

The only plant I have so far is basil. Here you can read about its benefits for your health.

  • needs temperatures between 7° to 27° C (45 to 80°F)
  • very sensitive to sudden temperature change
  • 6-8 hours of full sun
  • well-drained soils
  • fertilize about once a month
  • unglazed terra-cotta pots or wooden boxes
  • pinch off the flowers as they appear, prune

Tomatoes

  • 6-8 hours of full sun
  • good drainage
  • fertilize once a week
  • plant tomatoes deeply
  • a consistent amount of water
  • big, deep plastic pots and saucers

Strawberries

  • 6-8 hours of full sun
  • minimal wind
  • soil pH between 5.3 and 6.5
  • good drainage
  • fertilize every 3-4 weeks
  • space then plants about 30 cm (a foot) apart
  • can be grown in smaller containers
  •  light-colored plastic pots

With time I hope to grow more herbs and edibles, but I think basil, tomatoes, and strawberries will be good for starters. I will keep you updated on my balcony news.

Do you have a garden? If so what kind of plants do you grow?