In view of the negative changes brought by pollution, the modern lifestyle and the climate change, a lot of people are trying to find reliable sources of healthy, bio food. Some of them are sourcing their fruit and vegetables directly from farms, others are willing to pay extra to buy from certified bio marketplaces. For other people, who cannot do any of these, the solution may be found closer to home than they think: on their own balcony. With a little effort and some creativity, you can arrange your own balcony vegetable garden and eat fresh and healthy food, grown by your own hands. We have taken a look at other people doing this, and found many inspirational ideas which we will share with you:
#1 Pails As Lettuce Containers
A fresh and tasty summer salad must definitely include some crunchy lettuce leaves. It is even better if you combine different variety of lettuce, some with a sweet taste, others adding a spicy note to your salad. But where can you grow all these varieties? This resourceful person found the answer: in a large aluminum pail. It does not take a lot of space on the balcony either.
#2 Chili Peppers Love the Sun
Got a sunny spot on your balcony? This is the ideal place to put a flower pot with chili pepper seeds. You won’t believe how fast they will sprout and start growing peppers for your spicy home made pizza and salsa sauce.
#3 Grow Your Own Strawberrries
Strawberries are by far some of the most fragrant and best loved type of fruit. They are not fussy plants to grow, either. There are strawberry varieties which can be grown on the balcony, in a simple railing tray or even a flower pot and with sufficient space to hang over it. Now you have solved the problem of a healthy and delicious dessert which everyone in the family will love.
#4 Group Your Herbs Together
Parsley, basil, oregano, dill and thyme – they are all well known to the savvy chef who knows that the tastiest seasonings are natural herbs. Of course, you can find them in the supermarket, dried and ground to a powder. But they taste much better if you put them in the food freshly picked and diced. Where do you pick them from? A simple wooden box, filled with earth and placed on your balcony. If you are still a beginner, it’s a great idea to place a written sign next to each type of herb.
#5 Green Onions in Hanging Pots
Hanging pots are not only good for decorative leafy plants or azaleas. They are also a prime breeding ground for green onions, which are always a great addition to salads and cooked foods. Just remember to replace your onions with sprouting ones before you run out of them.
#6 Take Advantage of the Railings
Railings can be topped with earth trays where vegetables such as tomatoes can grow strong and productive, as long as you provide them with a vertical string to hang onto. Herbs and lettuce also fare great in such trays.
#7 Balcony Vegetable Garden Idea: Mason Jars
Mason jars are useful in so many ways! This creative handyman created small herb garden out of a few jars installed on wooden boards and then affixed to the vertical wall. This little garden takes practically no space and it offers the family an endless source of savor for their homemade meals.
#8 Use the Vertical Space Wisely
Separating walls from your neighbor’s balcony are the ideal space for a complex and rich herb collection. Now you can wow your family and friends with the most exotic tastes, all sourced from your own balcony garden!
#9 No Space? No Problem!
Sometimes even the best intentions cannot make more space on your small and cramped balcony. But this impediment did not prevent a determined home owner to have their own little garden. This system of pouches, similar to the ones used for storing shoes, solved the problem of the non-existent space.
#10 Berries Love Rails
The rails on most balconies, or the separators between two neighbors are ideal for creeper plants. A variety of such plants are all sorts of berries: blackberries, raspberries or wild strawberries. Much better than a simple creeper plant like ivy, right? Now you can enjoy the shade and a few tasty fruit straight on your own balcony.
#11 Repurpose Gutters
Brand new gutters, artfully cut out and installed on a simple shelf system, create a beautiful and useful vegetable garden. You can grow a large variety of veggies and herbs to use in your home cooking.
#12 Old Plastic Bottles Can Prove Very Useful
Some people do not feel like spending money on a batch of pots and trays. No problem, you must still have some empty 2-liter soda bottles. These are usually recycled, but you can put them to good and long term use by turning them into a hanging container garden.
#13 Tiered Trays
Hanging baskets or bathroom caddies can be easily repurposed as a tiered system of shelves for trays with earth, sprouting lovely and fresh herbs for your salads and soups or even bushy lettuce. Now you cannot say that you simply cannot spare an inch for growing your veggies.
#14 Grow Peppers in Empty Bamboo Tubes
Bamboo is an incredibly resilient and versatile plant. Its mature, dry body is hollow on the inside and strong enough to withstand being filled with earth and used as a tray for growing green peppers.
#15 Repurpose Old Shopping Bags
Textile shopping bags are sturdy enough to be used as hanging containers for growing herbs and lettuce. This is probably the simplest and most space saving way of having your own balcony vegetable garden.
And now we have reached the end of our recommendations. As you can see, there are so many creative ways in which you can arrange your own little balcony vegetable garden. All you need is the will to do it, a little DIY work and lots of tender loving care for your herbs and veggies.