Growing vegetable garden on the balcony
Growing a vegetable garden on the balcony has become a real trend in recent times. Whether it's a reaction to city life and the desire for greenery or to create a DIY corner where you can get fruit and vegetables naturally and without spending exorbitant amounts, having a vegetable garden on your balcony is now a fairly common custom . Even the American first lady, Michelle Obama, made her organic garden project in the White House garden even more trendy. And Michelle's ideas have infected both Hollywood stars and ordinary mortals. To have a small green corner in your own home, it is not necessary to be famous and not even to have large spaces. Anyone can grow a vegetable garden of this type, just have a little spirit of adaptation and use a little imagination. Furthermore, an aspect not to be underestimated, the vegetables grown on the balconies are exposed to fewer bacteria and parasites than a traditional vegetable garden.
And what about aesthetics? To transform a balcony full of flowers into an area where to grow tasty vegetables while safeguarding the external appearance of the terrace, simply put the flowering plants on the outside and reserve the internal space, not visible from the outside, for vegetables and fruit to jar. But it is not uncommon for many vegetables to have very beautiful leaves and flowers, especially courgettes and pumpkins but also strawberries and strawberries.
And then there are those who love mixing various types of vegetables and flowers in pots: courgettes and petunias for example, or strawberries and geraniums. As already mentioned before, there is no limit to the imagination and daring becomes the password.
Advice on pots and containers
Although there are various kinds of them in nurseries, terracotta pots are the most suitable. Infact they favor perspiration and maintain the freshness of the soil compared to other plastic containers. However, since the one to be set up is a balcony, the plastic balconies are not to be underestimated, especially for growing plants such as strawberries, salad or even currants. This is because they provide more space to cultivate and are light to move, in anticipation of violent storms, for example. The balconies in fact allow the juxtaposition of several plants, one next to the other and help to make the most of the whole cultivable area.
Small diameter pots, on the other hand, can be useful for planting single aromatic plants: thyme, mint, rosemary or basil.
For some perennial herbs, sage and rosemary for example, it is advisable to provide dedicated containers as, with due care, they will remain there for a long time, giving life to bushes that are also pleasing to the eye.