This time of year I love to get outside and plant something, especially things I can eat! I love growing herbs and small plants that we can add to our food. It makes me feel great when I can eat something I’ve grown.
Living in flats for the past 5 years I can definitely say that no space is too small for a little patch of something tasty, plus it’s a useful skill to have for the zombie apocalypse.
In our old flat we didn’t have any outdoor space, so I used to make use of the windowsills and grow chillis and a variety herbs in pots. I’d usually choose basil, chives and coriander, but my mini herb garden was never complete without some mint for those summer mojhitos and pimms!
We now have a flat that has an awesome balcony and can dare to go a bit crazier. Our balcony is only 4ft by 8ft (approximately), so not large at all, but it gets a great deal of sun during the summer months – good news for plants as long as you keep them well watered. The past few summers I have grown a few things in pots on our balcony, including cucamelons, electric daisies, living salads, chilli plants and lots more herbs. I love seeing all the green! My hayfever doesn’t like it, but being surrounded by all that green and even being able to eat from the plants definitely makes up for that.
Plus my little red watering can is ultra cute! It’s a kids one, but I don’t care 🙂
Last year we tried to grow runner beans and strawberries from seed, but a horrible case of white fly killed everything. I also had the bad luck of melting the propagator in the heat of the midday sun … that is one mistake I will not be repeating. It was not a good year for our green fingers.
This year we want to make up for that, A (my partner) had the idea of buying a tall planter that was deep enough to grow some proper veggies in. Now, I’ll admit, at first I wasn’t so sure … Would it be too big for the balcony? Would we even be able to grow anything? But, putting my worries aside I decided to trust him and go for it.
So off we went to our local garden centre for supplies! Choosing what to grow in our planter was hard – there are so many different things you can try … however we both agreed that brussel sprouts would not be making an appearance! Eventually we settled on carrots (a rainbow variety), spring onions, lettuce, onions and bell peppers. After a fun afternoon building the planter (I say we … A built the planter … I sat in the sun and
watched cheered him on) and planting all the seedlings we stepped back to admire our handiwork.
And how beautiful does it look!
I am so glad we made our small vegetable garden and am definitely looking forward to cooking something with our homegrown goodies 🙂 Also do you like our fake grass? We have the best grass all year round … even two storeys up!
This year we have planted (in the planter and other small pots around the balcony):
- Spring Onions
- Bell Peppers
- Chillis (including a Scotch Bonnet)
- Lemon Balm
These pictures were taken only a week apart … but look how much they’ve grown! Fingers crossed we’ll get to harvest something later in the year.