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  • Naomi Stephens | Permaculture Designer

6 Easy Edible Plants to Grow in a Windy Balcony Garden

Updated: Mar 8

The conditions of growing on a balcony are vastly different from growing in a typical yard. It's most likely to be more windy and colder.

To increase your chance of success, I recommend you plant hardy, wind-resistant vegetables that, where possible, tend to love soils to be on the dryer side.

The plants suited to a windy balcony garden are:

1. Fennel

2. Oregano

3. Rocket/Arugula

4. Thyme

5. Carrots

6. Leeks

Five plants in terracotta plant pots with chives, sage, oregano, thyme and rosemary


Fennel is a great plant that can tolerate the windy nature of a balcony. It can also tolerate frost so it's a reliable winter plant.

Fennel planted in a container, besides a window

It can handle dry soil or drought, so it'll be forgiving if you forget to water it.

The leaves can be dried and used as a natural insect repellant.


Oregano is perfect for a balcony because its woody stem handles strong winds well.

Oregano planted in a container and placed on a shelf in a silver tray

As with most plants, starting them indoors first is best, as seedlings can be fragile.

It's adaptable, so it'll grow even in low nutrient-dense soil.

You can place this plant in a semi-shaded area.

It's a known ant repellent, and growing it next to other vegetables in your edible balcony garden is ideal because it repels insects with its smell.


Placing rocket is a great option as it prefers dry soils. It is wind resistant and it's suitable for balcony container gardening. It's a vegetable that prefers sunny areas, however, it can still tolerate frost.

It's known as Arugula in the US.

It's great on pizzas, pestos, hummus, or mixed salad.


If you have a small balcony garden with a sunny spot, thyme would be a good choice.

Close up picture of Thyme

It can tolerate dry soil, wind, and frost and is quite easy to grow in low-nutrient-dense soil.

This is why I recommend starting it as an easy herb within an edible balcony.

Both the flowers and leaves are edible and can be soaked and drank as tea.

If you put it in a spray bottle with water, it will be a fungicide and a repellent. It's been known to deter cabbage root flies.


Carrots planted in 5 large plant pots

Carrots as root vegetables can grow in a container on your balcony.

It's a great summer or winter vegetable as it can tolerate frost.

It can handle strong winds too. It prefers moist soil, so keep an eye out for this one.


Leeks can handle well-drained or moist soil.

Leek planted in a raised bed

It doesn't grow as fast as radishes, but be sure to place leeks on a sunlit part of your balcony.

They add a great depth of flavor to soups and stews or add it to a salad.


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