Growing vegetables on the balcony or terrace
Not everyone can enjoy the chance of having a garden, but… it doesn’t matter! Nothing can stop you from growing some organic vegetables in pots on the balcony, on the terrace or even on the window sill.
In order to get the results you want, you still need to consider some practical tips:
– the place where you will put the pots to have enough sunlight
– the varieties that you will plant to be chosen according to the available space; you can’t start growing pumpkin or potatoes on the balcony
– vegetables that can be grown easily in pots or gardeners are: radishes, tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, green salad, carrots, peas or even beans
– you can plant including aromatic plants, such as mint, basil, rosemary, parsley, dill, and others
– wash vegetables and aromatic plants are grown on the balcony at least 3 times because urban pollution is quite harmful to balcony crops.
Choosing the containers for growing vegetables
The most suitable containers are those of clay because the clay retains water and keeps the plants cool for longer. Plastic pots heat up much faster and do not retain water, which leads to drying of the soil in summer.
If you choose clay pots and opt for the suspended version, make sure the support is durable so that it supports the weight. From this point of view, plastic vessels are more efficient.
What is the ideal size of the pot?
When choosing the pots in which you will plant vegetables and plants, you must take into account the size of each one. For vegetables such as carrots or tomatoes, choose pots with a depth of at least 30 cm.
The diameter of the pots will be chosen depending on the development of vegetables: for aromatic plants, radishes or salad, those with a diameter greater than 20 cm are indicated, and for tomatoes, beans or cucumbers over 30 cm.
How do you plant vegetables in pots?
Before you get sad, make sure the pots have drainage holes. if they do not, you will have to make them yourself, in case they are plastic.
Place on the bottom of the graveling pot or expanded clay balls, before laying the ground. This will help the air to circulate, drain the water with which you will water and make the earth not to touch. Mix the soil with the feed, an organic fertilizer resulting from the exclusive decomposition of the balsam for a period of at least 2 years. The soil of the plants changes every year.
How to water vegetables in pots?
The plants will be moistened every 2-3 days because if you water too often, you risk favoring the appearance and development of fungi. and even mana.
Where do you put the pots?
Place the pots along the wall and mount the supports for the vegetables they need, such as tomatoes. You can also try the version with suspended pots if you do not have enough space near the wall.
TIP: You can arrange a garden suspended in a pallet, where you can grow salad and aromatic plants, and in pots, you can put tomatoes and vegetables.
If you have children, you can initiate them in the mysteries of gardening, making the cultivation of plants and vegetables a game: in empty plastic glasses (you can use the ones from yogurts to encourage them to recycle) put a little soil and some salad seeds or even a grain of beans. Wet them and encourage your children to take care of them after dawn.
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