If you wish to grow vegetables and herbs from a balcony then you need to think about several things prior to you could begin growing your own veggies. You require a good amount of sunlight and also you need to maintain the space free from strong, incandescent lighting so the perennial herb plants do not over bloom. You could possibly purchase a container of grow lights to help with both issues. Once you’ve worked out all of these issues you could go ahead and plant your veggies.
When planting veggies on a balcony or pot garden you would like to be sure that you are planting everything in its correct place. If you are planting them closer together you should plant them in groups of three. If you are planting them further apart, it is recommended you plant them in groups of four. Be sure to space them evenly on the balcony or pot garden. When you are choosing where you would like to plant your plants take into consideration the amount of sun they receive. You will be able to tell if they are getting enough sunlight by checking the foliage.
As any gardener knows planning for your garden is very important. You need to make certain that it will be conducive to growing veg on a balcony as it requires much more work than a regular garden planning. If you have not considered all of the steps needed to be taken for planning before you start growing veg on a balcony then now is the time to do so. It will ensure you get all of your work done in a timely fashion.
First off you need to prepare the soil. This will be one of the most difficult parts as the balcony is limited in size. There are some things you can do that will help. For instance, using mulch will help to conserve the space and prevent weeds from growing. You also need to water your plants properly as they will not be able to survive if the soil is not properly cared for.
The first step when it comes to growing plants on a balcony is to decide what you plan on planting. It is recommended you plant vegetables that are easy to maintain such as tomatoes and squash, but there are other options available. Once you have decided on what you want planted then you are ready to begin planning. You will want to consider placing the pots at an angle so that they can get the most sunlight possible.
Also, it is important to place the plants at an appropriate height. You do not want them too close to the edge or they could become tripped over. When you are growing vegetables on the balcony, it is important that you keep a reasonable distance between the plants and anything else that could get in the way. If the space you have available is limited then you may need to use trellises or other structures to make sure the plants get enough space to grow. Again, this is dependent on the size of the garden you have.
Next you need to think about spacing the plants apart as well as any special needs the plants may have. You may need to place some larger pots around the edges so they have somewhere to root. Then you need to choose the right plants depending on whether you are growing them for eating, for ornamental purposes or to provide food for your family. If you are going to be eating plants, then you need to pick plants that can withstand the rigours of eating. This means they should be sturdy and hardy.
Finally, you need to think about what type of potting mix you will use. Some plants like clay-based soil, whereas others will grow much better with clay potting mixes. Once you have planted your plants, then you need to regularly water them. If they are not getting sufficient water they will quickly become droopy and you may have to relocate them if you do not get the water levels right.