My little balcony garden has recently become quite productive in the color green. An abundance of green. Yet I am lacking produce as of yet. It’s not easy being green, you know?
The only harvest I have had is of my bok choy, which grew much more rapidly than every other plant. I’ll probably plant another one in the now vacant pot. The one I am currently pulling leaves off of has teeny little white bugs on it, but there is no damage to the plant so I figure it’s alright (but I put it in a corner away from the other plants, just in case).
My balcony garden:
- Patty Pan Squash x2
- Kale x3
- Bush Early Girl tomatoes x2 (not as early as they claim, though probably due to the fault of the slow start on summer in Seattle)
- Other tomatoes that I don’t know what they are
- Butter lettuce (and a few other lettuces)
- Cucumber (some determinate variety)
- Variety of peppers (banana, jalapeño, etc.)
I also attempted to grow teeny round carrots, which started out great but all of a sudden they all died. Bell peppers and some herbs also didn’t make it past seedlings. My chives never even sprouted, but the seeds were old so I will excuse them for being absent.
What I have learned about balcony gardening:
- Stick your finger in the soil and if it feels pretty damp and moist, it doesn’t need watered.
- Excessive wind bothers some plants, I shield mine with larger plants and it seems to please them.
- When transferring an indoor plant to an outdoor plant, “harden” it by placing it outside during the day and inside at night so it isn’t shocked by the temperature change.
- Today I learned that tomatoes and cucumbers don’t grow well together. And I’ve had my cucumber sandwiched between two large tomato plants all this time. Looks like we’ll have to do a little switcheroo.
- Be sure that your plants are pollinated so that they will produce. I’m not sure how many bees make it to my balcony, I never see them. So I take a little make up brush and lightly go from flower to flower and pollinate them myself. I’ve also considered getting some bee attracting plants. Or just opening up a can of coke and leaving it around the plants.
- It takes 3 pitcher fulls to water my entire garden about every other day since it started getting hot out.
- If your plants look wilty but you’ve been watering them every day and it’s not scorching hot out, you are over-watering. Set the watering can down before you drown the poor things.
If you are a balcony gardener, I would love any tips you have or favorite plants that you grow.
*Please forgive my grainy photography, my little point and shoot only goes so far.
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