Keen to start a veggie garden but only have a tiny balcony to work with? No worries! Read on as Diana from @growingvegetablesdownunder shows you what the best things to grow on a tiny balcony are.
Embrace the light you have
Diana recommends to embrace the light that your balcony gets and plant crops that are suited to it. Remember that even though the garden is not getting direct sunlight, it is still getting UV light.
For example, a tomato plant will need 8 hours of daylight for optimum crops, or 6 for an OK harvest. So if your balcony doesn’t get 8 hours of daylight per day, avoid planting tomatoes.
Instead, opt for leafy greens like spinach, lettuce, cabbage, herbs, rocket, silverbeet and kale. They will still grow well in the lower daylight conditions.
Get the most out of those well lit areas
Once you’ve identified the areas of your balcony that get the most light, Diana recommends you get the most out of them.
Maximise on the space – grow on the rails, over the rails, up the rails, up the walls, from the roof. If it’s got direct light then see how you can get a planter in that space.
Grow lots of lush, leafy greens
Next, plant out lots of leafy greens.
Not only will these plants do well on your balcony, requiring a smaller amount of space and slightly less daylight than other veggies, they will reduce your carbon footprint.
Leafy greens have a huge carbon footprint when purchased commercially, due to the significant amount of refrigeration required to stop them wilting.
While you may not achieve complete self sufficiency, you will be able to grow a large amount of food and reduce your carbon footprint.
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