It’s that time of year again- time to get gardening. This year we’re trying a few new things including lettuces and peas. Last year was quite a success considering it was our first time doing this, so we’re more prepared this time with a bit of experience. We get about a half day of sun on our 18th floor east facing balcony, but it does get it’s fair share of wind. Sturdy or low lying plants are the most successful for us, including things can can be tied down. This year we’re starting things right with a much better heavy duty planting soil, and aiming for more trailing/climbing plants, to make things extra nice to look at even from inside the apartment. Most of our project is edible, but we’ll add a few flowers this year for asthetics.

It’s not quite done yet, but so far we’ve got: curly parsley, marjoram, sweet banana peppers, cayenne peppers, two varieties of oregano, two varieties of mint, red leaf lettuce, romaine lettuce, snow peas, three varieties of basil (including globe, which I’m excited about), bougainvillea, and three varieties of tomatoes. We’ll definitely be adding more florals (hopefully nasturtium) and cilantro. Maybe beans I’m thinking…

I’ll share more details about each of the different varieties later as the plants start fruiting, and we get a better look at what’s successful this year and what (if anything) becomes a fail!

Stay tuned…

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red leaf lettuce, romaine lettuce

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oregano

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bougainvillea

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mint

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cayenne peppers

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assorted basil, thyme

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read leaf lettuce, peas

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peas

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Posted by:Ashley

15 replies on “Balcony Garden 2015

  1. I love it! your patio/terrace looks beautiful. I decided this year to start all of my plants from seed and it has been a crazy ride. Some died, some didn’t even make it our of the dirt. but many have been a success. i’m actually finishing a post about it and the arugula salad we made from the garden from seeds we planted back in march.
    Quick tip, cilantro is better grown from seed. it is super easy and it won’t go to seed as quickly as a purchased plant. it sprouts in a week or so and you can keep putting seed down all summer to have a steady harvest incase it goes to seed (which it loves to do).
    Fun, fun, fun!

  2. I love it! your patio/terrace looks beautiful. I decided this year to start all of my plants from seed and it has been a crazy ride. Some died, some didn’t even make it our of the dirt. but many have been a success. i’m actually finishing a post about it and the arugula salad we made from the garden from seeds we planted back in march.
    Quick tip, cilantro is better grown from seed. it is super easy and it won’t go to seed as quickly as a purchased plant. it sprouts in a week or so and you can keep putting seed down all summer to have a steady harvest incase it goes to seed (which it loves to do).
    Fun, fun, fun!

    1. Thank you Paula! Sorry it’s taken me some time to reply to your comment! I haven’t tried cilantro from seed, that’s a good idea. It does grow like a weed 🙂 Keep us all posted on your gardening adventures!

  3. Good for you! I’m horrible with plants. H-O-R-R-I-B-L-E! I always kill them…. One day I would so love to grow a small garden, starting with my patio. Your patio garden is lovely. I’m now inspired! Thank you!

    1. Hi Martine! Thank you for commenting 🙂 I know what you mean, they’re incredibly difficult at times, and certain plants are so much more difficult to handle than others! Those seduction bars of yours look incredible… nice work! I’ll have to try them out!

  4. Ashley – your patio garden is so beautiful and inspiring. And your photographs are lovely. I’m really enjoying following your blog. I live in Kingston but am actually in Toronto at the moment. I think things here are just a tad ahead of Kingston. That bougainvillea is wonderful. Do you just have it in a bright window all winter?

    1. Hi! A Toronto follower! Fantastic! Thank you for following along 🙂 I have a couple of friends out there in Kingston. I agree, the big city is usually ahead of the others a tad. This is my first try at the bougainvillea so I’m hoping I do okay with it. I think it’s a bit too chilly and damp at the moment, it likes tons and tons of sun and warmth. I haven’t brought it inside yet, but if it doesn’t well over the summer and we don’t kill it (!!!) I’ll bring it inside for the winter and see how it does.

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