Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Balcony Garden

As I said, our balcony is covered - it gets full shade after the morning. After researching, I found out that my best chances for food success were leaf & root crops. Personal preference led me to heritage and organic varieties, so I planted an organic 'pot lettuce' mix, 'Grand Champion' Collards, 'Early Wonder Tall Top' beets, and 'Derby Day' cabbage. The experimental volunteer is the organic garlic I bought for cooking, until it sprouted - so it's in the dirt, and we'll see how it goes. The existing plants are chocolate mint, prostrate rosemary (it smells wonderful!) and chives.

So far, the herbs are happy, the lettuce is a happy tangled mess, and the collards & cabbage are doing well. The garlic is just peeking it's tips above the soil. The beets would have been much happier, I think, if I had read the directions right and planted them 8 weeks earlier than I did - for some reason I missed the 'plant 6 weeks before last frost' on the package, and planted them after that. Ah well.


  1. I am not sure if i know the frost times in my area.. how one would tell this? is it something you can find in a calendar or in the weather forecasts' websites?

  2. thank you for posting this. will pass this blog onto my DD, her apt. is similar to yours. Balcony and morning sun.

  3. You should be able to Google them, or you can check an almanac. That's where I got mine. The weather sites may have it as well.

    aksunflour... hope your DD enjoys the blog. Thank you!