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Balcony Gardening

This post is just a type-out of my notes taken in the talk on, you guessed it, balcony gardening. The talk was given by Cecilia of Balcony Garden Dreaming at the Sustainable Living Festival.

Balcony Gardening – a self sustaining eco system created by you.

– Somewhere to sit
– Not many weeds
– Pot plants can be arranged
– Have to be fed all the nutrients they need
– Pollution may affect food-growing ability
– Don’t think of it as work
– Balcony gardens are contagious
– Have to take the time
– Bucket shower water
– A way to connect to people
– Your balcony garden will be a reflection of you
– A drawn design beforehand can become a reality
– Strawberries are a good plant
– Keep water with your plants
– that way when you notice they need watering you can do it right away
– Citrus
– Put old rugs or off-cuts of wood on the floor to make it a more pleasant space
– If your garden is special or themed you will have more energy and passion to maintain it
– Grow a garden in jars – alfalfa, lentils, mungbeans
– Grow normal plants before moving onto food
– this shows you it is possible and is less pressuring than growing food
– Have self-watering pots
– You can’t grown plants in dead soil
– You get to make your own soil
– Have a worm farm – save the world
– worm population takes about 6 weeks to get to full capacity
– Cut scraps for worm farm or compost small
– Tomatoes
– Chillies
– Chives
– Rocket
– Passionfruit
– Figs
– Citrus
– Not thin-leaved plants (like raspberries)
– East specific:
– Lettuce
– Herbs
– Green things
– Flowers
– West specific:
– Think about a water-garden
– Make sure your balcony can hold the weight of the garden
– There has to be some shade
– grapevines or other deciduous vines are good for this
– Big, deep containers are good for food
– Terracotta pots breathe but also sap water from the soil
– A long trough can hold multiple plants
– check that the plants won’t compete for nutrients and water in the soil
– Wrap ugly pots in hessian
– A small table for eating and other activities
– Funky homemade clotheshorse
– Google ‘heritage edible’ plants
– Schedule in dates to do things (ie. Go buy pots and plants)
– this increases the chance of the gardening happening

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Comments on: "Balcony Gardening" (2)

  1. Brilliant – I just moved into an apartment with no backyard or front yard, just a balcony with lots of sunlight. I will be referring to this often!

  2. Wow. You were really listening.
    I wonder how its all going?

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