Make your own city garden!
18 June 2021 Estimated time: ~2 min.
Fancy a balcony or rooftop oasis? Can do! In these tiny places, you can grow a wide range of veggies, herbs, perennials, flowers, and vines!
First, make sure that the balcony or rooftop takes the added weight of pots full of soil. Terra cotta and ceramic pots are heavy, so you might need to use plastic or fiberglass containers and lightweight soil mixes.
If you are growing on a rooftop, consider drip irrigation or self-watering pots. You can also invest in a watering can that is easy to fill from the bathtub. Will excess water from your plants rain down on neighbors below? Be courteous and put saucers or trays under your plants to collect the overflow.
Best plants for balcony gardening
Choosing the right plants for your home oasis is most important. Don’t waste space and energy on something that is not going to thrive!
If your balcony faces south and receives DIRECT sun all day long, cacti, many flowers and most vegetables, if kept well-watered, will love being there!
If your balcony faces north or is shaded by other buildings for most of the day, look to low-light plants such as coleus, ferns, impatiens, hostas, and begonias.
Some greens like chard, spinach, or lettuce can grow with less than a half-day of sun. Some herbs manage, too, which is great for culinary uses!
And, most important, don’t overestimate the amount of sun they get. Keep in mind that most veggies need a minimum of 6 to 8 hours of sun a day!