What Can I Grow on a Terrace, Balcony, or Rooftop?
Nice article. I've got a few things I would add that I experienced. One: regarding too much heat. Oh boy I hear you on that - I had full west exposure on an old brick building and it got toasty! Generally my strategy was to have a couple of tall pots with very tough plants in them and then nestle smaller things into their (still bright) shade to help keep them cooler. And I've never had such happy hot peppers as when I was balcony growing! If you like hot peppers, do give them a try on your balcony. Two: what goes up must come down. Frost, high winds, building inspections, moving, construction in the balcony above yours that sends down dust and debris - your life will be easier if you set up your pots in such a way that everything can come inside relatively quickly. Three: get yourself a nice HEAVY watering can if you can find one. To keep my plastic one from blowing around I had to put big chunk of brick in it when I was done watering and wedge it behind the pots. This was frugal but annoying. I should have just gotten a heavier watering can. Four: don't forget scent! If you don't have a lot of space for blooms you can still pack a lot of different scents into your space. I found the different scented thymes, lemon verbena, rose scented geraniums, and mint to be well suited to baking heat and small space. Five: where there's a will there's a way. If you want a grapevine, you can have a grapevine! Trellising designed to be sunk into the ground can be planted in pots - you just need one or two anchor points at the top, or lacking that, a little quick set concrete and the sacrifice of a few garden pots to the cause to make the base extra stable. Have fun!!
Thank you for telling me to choose the right plants to start with as soon as I decide to start gardening on my own balcony. Our house doesn't have any front or backyard where I can pursue my long-forgotten hobby of planting, so I want to use my free space in the balcony for it. It might be a good idea to consult contractors who will be able to provide a custom balcony railing first before buying any seedlings.
I like how you simplify the whole process of gardening. Balcony garden is a great idea. They can quickly turn into preferred nooks of relaxation and some me-time.
I live in a small apartment that has a double window but north facing. A challenge to grow most everything! Have house plants in large pots. Avocado's grow easily but with no sun, no flower, no fruit. Going to try herbs next with 'Park's Dome planter'. Any other suggestions you all may have for me? Thanks, Patrick
Herbs are definitely a good bet when it comes to indoor gardening. We’d recommend getting some grow lights to hang over your plants. Improper lighting is one of the most common problems when growing indoors. We hope this helps!