- Balcony Garden
- May 18th, 2011
Last night, I bought some plants for a balcony garden. Two Roma tomato plants, two cherry (or sugar) tomato plants, two strawberry plants, two asian pepper plants, a few little Miracle-Gro Gro-pods for my son (1 marigold, 1 green pepper, and I think 1 eggplant), a few pots, soil, and a pretty dragon fly garden decoration. This made me feel better because I've wanted to do an apartment garden for a whlie.
The last time I really tried was in my previous apartment, which had no balcony. My garden was placed on my kitchen table. I used cut up milk jugs, old food storage containers (like Glad), and a couple pots I had on hand. But, sadly, most of it did not survive. Not enough sunlight. No cross pollination (which may have been the issue with the tomato plant). Well... the herbs did well enough. The mint was trying to invade the other plants. But in the end, it just didn't work out the way I hoped.
This time, because of the balcony, I hope things will go better. I have my snake plant, mint, and scallions outside already, and they seem to like it. I'm also hoping to get my son involved in planting, watering, and so forth. He may even be willing to eat the tomatoes then. Excitement abounds.
Quick tip: Essentially Free Scallions
Next time you use scallions, leave about an inch at the bottom white (root) section when cutting. Then place them in a small container with water going about halfway up the plant. Place in a sunny place and make sure to refresh the water. The roots will grow and the top will begin to grow. Gently plant into a larger container (cut milk jug, a pot, etc) with potting or gardening soil. My in planted in an old teapot I bought at an estate sale (with daffodils on the side... I'm a sucker for daffodils). They will grow and grow. I did this over a year ago, and they are still around. Pretty awesome.
I also plan to maybe try growing a potato... just because... and maybe a head of garlic... even an onion. There's nothing wrong with wanting to try learning to grow various types of plants, just because. :-)