First, determine how much sun your balcony gets. A sunny balcony is ideal for most vegetables and herbs. Tomatoes, however, do well with just three or four hours of sunlight each day. If your outdoors is only partially sunny, try growing cucumbers, zucchini, lettuce, or kale.
Once you’ve decided on your plants (and start planning where to put them), decide what kind of soil you want to use for each plant. Some plants will do better in a ‘soilless’ mixture while some will do better in a regular potting mix. And some don’t need soil at all, instead of growing in water. If you don’t know how to make a simple potting mixture from scratch, there are several pre-mixed soils on the market that provide everything your vegetable needs.
Next, choose a container. Containers come in every size and shape imaginable: metal buckets, wooden boxes, plastic planters, and hanging baskets. Choose one appropriate for the size of your plants. If you’re going to have a lot of large vegetables, you’ll need a deep container while some herbs can grow in very shallow planters.
Herbs are a good plant for a balcony garden because they don’t take up much room but can add flavor to dishes. Parsley, rosemary, and thyme are all hardy enough to survive even the coldest winter.
Another idea is to grow strawberries in a hanging basket. Strawberries need very little space to grow happily, and they’re fun for kids too. Just make sure you give the plants plenty of water over the summer.
Your balcony garden can be an expression of your personality. If you want, paint cans into planters or use old barrels as raised planting beds.
Adding soil to the containers isn’t always necessary. Many plants, such as strawberries and lettuce, grow well in small spaces with very little soil. You can even plant some vegetables directly in the ground without any special equipment, such as ‘cage’ tomatoes or ground cherries.
Lastly, you’ll need to choose a container for each plant and make sure it’s deep enough for each to root happily. Use your soil mixture to fill the planters up about two-thirds of the way, then sprinkle seeds over it. Cover them with another thin layer of soil and water well.
After that, you just need to sit back and enjoy the fruits of your labor! Gardens can also help for the appeal and attractiveness of a home. If you are looking to buy or sell in Toronto or the GTA contact Frank Leo & Associates today.