How to grow on the balcony at home:the guide for the cultivation of flowering plants, vegetables and greens in boxes, in planters or in pots, so as to create a noteworthy vegetable garden on the balcony of the house or on the terrace.
"Tonight some friends are coming for dinner, I don't want to go shopping ... let's see what I can cook by collecting what I grow on the balcony!"Would you like to realize such a thought right? And you can do it:grow vegetables on the balconyit is not only possible but also easy.
Growing in pots is simple and affordable for everyone. You don't need a lot of space, you just need a terrace or even a balcony.
Growing vegetables on the balcony has become a nice and valid idea that involves lovers of organic food and self-production. There are several solutions to make your balcony a gorgeous one organic garden recycling, for example, plastic bottles or creating a raised vegetable garden. In the article "How to build a raised vegetable garden" I explained how to divide the space of the balcony or terrace into boxes or boxes, each intended for the cultivation of a variety of vegetables or greens.
What you need to grow vegetables and greens on the balcony of the house
You need a raised vegetable garden! The best containers are caissons, at least 30 - 40 cm deep and 80 - 100 cm long. If you don't like the idea of a raised vegetable garden, you can buy the classic 80 x 30 or 100 x 40 cm planters depending on the amount of space you have and the vegetables you wantcultivate on the balcony.
On this page I propose you a list of vegetables that do not require a lot of attention and can be easily grown on the balcony. From the cultivation of tomatoes to aromatic herbs, from carrots to cauliflower, from garlic to beets ... these are just some of the many vegetables to cultivate on the balcony.
What can be grown on the balcony
Here is the list of vegetables and vegetables to grow on the balcony:
- Chard from ribs
- Brussels sprouts
- Savoy cabbage
- Chicory and radicchio
- Beans and green beans
Yes, even climbing plants such as beans and cucumbers can be grown in pots on the balcony of the house. Be careful though: the balcony should not be exposed to strong drafts, otherwise your garden will become a disaster! If you live in front of the sea, you will need to make a preliminary perimeter windbreak to protect your crops on the balcony from the wind.
Another prerequisite for being able tocultivate a vegetable garden on the balconyis the exposure: your balcony should not be shaded and should preferably be exposed to the south. The ideal would be a balcony without concrete parapets but with a railing that allows the sun to pass through, so as to minimize shaded areas. If your balcony meets these requirements, you will find yourself with the ideal tool to organize a beautiful vegetable garden!
How to grow on the balcony
Everyvegetablesand each vegetable has its own specific needs, so it is not possible to make a general vademecum. Here are some tips forgrow on the balcony or terrace, the most popular vegetables and vegetables.
How to grow Basil on the balcony. The sowing period March April. To grow at its best, it needs an environment that is humid but sunny at the same time. Basil was recently discovered to be a remedy for arthritis and bronchitis
How to grow parsley on the balcony. The sowing period from March to July. It needs a temperate climate. Parsley has a diuretic action and stimulates digestion. Chewing parsley after meals helps fight bad breath. For external use: the parsley decoction is used to combat patches of redness and acne.
To amaze your guests you can also grow root parsley, both the leaves and the fleshy root of this variety are used. You will need 40cm deep containers. For all information, I refer you to the pageparsley root. Parsley root has a mild flavor and can be used like carrots and potatoes.
How to grow carrot in pots on the balcony of the house. The sowing period February March, but some varieties can be sown at any time of the year.
It adapts to the temperate climate. Carrot stimulates diuresis, has a tonic action on the skin. It is a vegetable very rich in carotene: important for the visual function of our body. How to grow carrot on the balcony? take a 40cm deep planter or box. To save space, you can grow carrots between the rows of lettuce, garlic and leeks.
Grow purple carrots in pots: among the most unusual varieties, I point out the purple carrot. The purple carrot is rich inanthocyanins.Anthocyanins are pigments belonging to the flavonoid family, have a high antioxidant power and, according to recent studies, protect the heart and prevent the appearance of certain tumors. Where to find the seeds? At the agricultural consortia but those who prefer can take advantage of the online purchase: on Amazon a package of purple carrot seeds can be bought for 6.50 euros with shipping costs included in the price. For all information I invite you to visitthis Amazon page dedicated to purple carrot seeds.
How to grow lettuce on the balcony. The sowing period from February to August. Lettuce grows well in a cold-humid climate. You can plant lettuce in the same boxes as geraniums. Or rather, grow cutting lettuce and, at the end of cultivation, you can use the same pot to plant the geraniums!
How to grow Onion on the balcony. The sowing period from February to April. It adapts to the temperate climate. Onion, eaten raw, has diuretic properties and disinfects the intestine. Eaten cooked helps the intestine protect itself from infections. Onions want mineral-based fertilizations, avoid giving organic fertilizer. For this feature, you can grow onion together with flowering plants so fromgrow flowers and vegetablestogether!
How to grow radish on the balcony. The sowing period from March to June. It prefers a cool temperate climate. Radish is an excellent natural supplement of mineral salts. Contains potassium, calcium, iron, phosphorus and vitamin C. It has a low caloric value.
How to grow celery on the balcony. The sowing period from January to July. It needs a temperate, warm and humid climate. It fears drought and frost. Cooked and raw celery facilitates water retention. recommended for slimming diets, also thanks to its fiber content.
How to grow potted cauliflower.The pot must be generous in size and with excellent drainage soil. You can start sowing from the month of January, protecting the surface of the soil from frost with transparent material (you can buy special agricultural plastics but food film is fine too!). Also in this case, to brighten up the garden and fill up with anthocyanins, you can choose purple varieties.
For the purple cauliflower variety, I refer you tothis Amazon page, where a sachet of Sicilian purple cabbage seeds is offered at a price of 7.56 euros. Of course, if you live in Sicilian land it will be more convenient to find the seeds at your trusted agricultural consortium. To sow this variety, wait until temperatures, even at night, never drop below 8 ° C.
How to grow sage on the balcony. It does not tolerate cold climates with rainy autumns. Sage is known for its memory-stimulating properties.
How to grow peas on the balcony. Dwarf varieties are generally recommended for growing pea in pots, however if there is a south-facing (sunny) wall or railing on your balcony, you can use it tocultivatethe varieties ofclimbing pea, more productive. You will need deep pots, at least 30 cm in diameter.