Updated: Feb 16
The conditions of growing on a balcony are vastly different from growing in a normal yard. It’s most likely to be windier and colder.
In order 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.
I've put together this list of plants that are suited to a windy balcony.
Fennel is a great plant that can tolerate the windy nature of a balcony. It can also tolerate frost so it’s a reliable plant during the wintertime.
It can handle dry soil or drought, so if you forget to water, it’ll be forgiving.
This plant stays green all year round, so I recommend you keep it where it can catch at least some sunshine.
The leaves can be dried and used as a natural insect repellant.
Oregano is perfect for a balcony due to its woody stem and it handles strong winds well.
As with most plants, it’s best to start them indoors first as seedlings can be a little fragile.
It’s adaptable so it'll grow even in a low nutrient-dense soil.
You can place this plant 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 the 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, pesto’s, hummus or in a mixed salad.
If you have a small space balcony garden with a sunny spot then Thyme would be a good choice to fill that spot.
It can tolerate dry soil, wind and frost. It’s quite easy to grow as it also tolerates low nutrient-dense soil.
This is why I recommend it as an easy herb to start within an edible balcony.
Both the flowers and leaves are edible, it can be soaked and drank as a tea.
If you put it in a spray bottle with some water then it will be a fungicide and a repellent. It's been known to deter cabbage root fly.
Carrot as a root vegetable is perfectly capable of growing 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 your eye on this one.
Leeks can handle a well-drained or moist soil.
It doesn't grow as fast as say radishes, but be sure to place leeks on a sunlit part of your balcony.
They add a great depth of flavour to soups and stews or add it to a salad.
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