Post # 1
SO and I moved into a lovely little rental that has a nice balcony in the back. When we moved in during the summer I didn’t think the balcony got enough light to have a small garden because it is pretty enclosed. We have come to realize that it actually gets tons of light due to the direction it faces. We are hoping to start a container garden by March, and continue it throughout the summer and fall. I’m really not sure what I will be able to plant in a container because I feel like most things need more space than that. What do you bees plant in your containers? We don’t use many herbs, but I’m open to trying some with my cooking if we grow some. We also don’t eat tomatoes AT ALL. We both think they’re icky LOL. I do have a lizard who eats most leafy green vegetables, and I will eat most leafy greens and basically all other veggies as well. We also need suggestions on flowers to plant and what kind of containers to get as well!
Post # 3
@beetee123: We do a small one on our balcony, though I’m planning to expand it this year.
I see you don’t like tomatoes, which are some of the best for this. We do grow herbs (cilantro, mint, basil, and thyme – I want to try oregano this time), and hot peppers – both jalepeno and thai chili have worked for us – as well as bell peppers.
If you got to a nursery or even Home Depot, the info on the plants will tell you how much sun they need and whether they grow well in a pot/container. We get terra cotta and plastic pots from Home Depot – go a little bigger than you think you will need.
I don’t know my flowers, but most that don’t spread seem to do well in pots. You could look here: http://www.gardenguides.com/75005-flowers-grow-pots.html.
Post # 4
@LadyBear: Thanks for the info! For some reason I didn’t think peppers would grow well in containers, but I love them! I will have to look into getting some pots set up within the next couple of weeks. I saw an article on starting things inside in March and then moving them outside once it warms up a bit.
Post # 5
You could make a big pot of different leaf lettuces so you can have fresh leaves for your salads and sandwiches. They actually grow better the more you pinch them off. They have an envelope of mixed lettuce seeds which is very convenient. Last year, I grew sugar snap peas in pots and they looked so cool. I just trellised them upward with some branches and they grew like weeds.
Post # 6
When you say lots of light, do you mean 6+ hours of direct sun? Keep in mind that peppers love lots of direct sun and heat. If you don’t get as much sun, there are still lots of things you can grow. Before it gets too hot, lettuces, spinach, chard, and Asian greens should do well for you in pots.
There are also super cute new mini raspberry and blueberry plants if you have room for some larger containers. Check out http://www.brazelberries.com. I have 4 of the raspberry plants and they are great.
Watering is critical when gardening in containers. Either too little or too much will kill your plants. In the heat of summer, pots dry out in a hurry! When I lived in Texas years ago, I used to grow tomatoes and herbs on my apartment balcony. They required twice daily watering in the 100+ temps.
Finally, I would strongly suggest visiting a local nursery or garden center. In general, you can count on the staff knowing what will work in your area and taking the time to share their knowledge with you.