Vertical balconies are one of the more beautiful and useful ways to grow your vegetables. However, they are also among the most challenging, as their narrow height makes them difficult to harvest. However, if you follow these simple guidelines, you can grow an amazing amount of vegetables on a relatively small area. Whether you choose to plant herbs or other plants, the most important element for successful vertical balcony planting is your selection of plantings. This article will give you a general guideline on how to select which plants to use in your apartment garden.
For those of you who have selected herbs, there are some basics that you should follow to grow vegetables in your vertical garden. First, choose what vegetables to grow and how many. You want your garden to be as natural as possible, so no exotic vegetables here. Lettuce, spinach, and cauliflower are good, cheap choices for low-maintenance, indoor vegetables. Other vegetables like radishes, carrots, beets, and summer squash make great choices for larger gardens.
Next, consider how much space is available for growing vegetables. Your vertical balcony should be wide enough to allow for healthy growth, but not so wide that the plants crowd out neighbors’ sitting areas. Also keep in mind how much room your fixtures will need. The fixtures may need to have extra bracing to hold the weight of hanging vegetables. If your fixtures are steel, make sure that the frames are galvanized to last.
Also remember that the coldest months of the year are from early November through March. Vegetables should be planted from late spring to late summer. During this period, your plants will be dormant and grow slowly. If you live in an apartment building, be aware that heat can damage some varieties of vegetables. One of the best vegetables to plant in an apartment is a green, low maintenance vegetable such as lettuce.
Most apartment dwellers are limited on the amount of space they can use for growing their own vegetables. However, some creative apartment dwellers have learned to carve out a small section of their vertical balcony for growing vegetables. The vegetables can be harvested weekly to be used in salad. The most challenging part about this solution is ensuring that the plants reach their harvesting season.
If you are lucky enough to have a large balcony, consider using space rugs to sprawl over the area. This will give your vegetables a chance to grow up off the ground as well. You should also plan on planting larger varieties of vegetables because you will most likely harvest much more soil than you would if you only had a small balcony.
When you are choosing what vegetables you will grow, consider whether you prefer organically grown vegetables or those that have been grown with the help of conventional methods. Growers who do not eat organic produce may want to choose plants that have a smaller carbon footprint. These include lettuce, radishes, and green onions. If you have a balcony, it would be a good idea to grow a variety of other vegetables as well, such as cucumbers, squash, zucchini, and peppers.
Your vertical balcony can be a great place to sit and relax while tending your garden. If you are looking for a way to add a stylish touch to your apartment, consider growing your own vegetables. You can plant vegetables close to your bedroom so that you can have fresh greens for breakfast. Vegetables that are hardy and disease resistant can last for years. The space that you save by growing your own vegetables will be much greater than the cost of purchasing expensive produce from the grocery store.