Few things are more satisfying than growing your own food. Few things are more frustrating than being a garden lover trapped in a teeny-tiny apartment. No yard? No problem. Apartment and condo dwellers needn’t miss out on the pleasure of growing their own fruits and veggies. Just about anything that can be grown in a traditional yard can thrive as part of a balcony garden. What to do? There are some gardening projects that will work on even the smallest patio or balcony.

What to grow

Your balcony’s conditions will determine the best vegetation for your garden, but fruits and veggies, like lettuce, strawberries, herbs and tomatoes, are great for container gardening because they don’t require very much space. Plants that require the structural support of trellises or cages to grow properly (cucumbers, beans and other vine plants) can make use of the fixtures and beams of a balcony.

Soil Preparation

Regular potting soil is a good choice for the base, but it needs to be amended with good quality compost in equal parts. Place the soil and compost together into the container, pressing it in well but leaving about a five-cm space from the top of the container to allow for watering. Wet the soil down well prior to planting.

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