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do you think I can start a bed garden on my balcony?

Barbara76137 Mar 6, 2012 07:04 PM

I've been content just growing herbs on my balcony,so do you think I'm crazy growing vegetables on a larger basis? I have no friends, so I'm growing and cooking for just myself.

  1. porker Mar 6, 2012 07:17 PM

    Doesn't hurt to try. I tried growing tomatoes on my deck two years running now with kinda lousy results. I realized its likely due to lack of direct sun; the deck has 8' walls and only gets full sun late morning to early afternoon. You'd likely have more luck if your balcony get plenty of sun.

    1. DuchessNukem Mar 6, 2012 07:31 PM

      I've got a couple of Earthboxes on the back patio that are nicely pushing up lettuce and cress, but they might be kind of heavy for a balcony (I've lived in some rickety apartments in the past lol). There are smaller versions, I can google a bit and see if I can find.

      And you can always consider sprouting. Can do indoors or on balcony, generally 5-10 days for tasty green home-grown stuff. (Can you tell I'm a fan of sprouts?)

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      1. re: DuchessNukem
        DuchessNukem Mar 6, 2012 07:49 PM

        Okay, I went looking a bit. You can google Earthbox or Garden Patch Grow Box (if you just google "grow box" you'll find multiple ways to grow marijuana), or just go to their main sites:


        Their products are available at discount all over the web. Plus, If you DIY, there are instructions:





        1. re: DuchessNukem
          Barbara76137 Mar 8, 2012 05:40 PM

          I'd like to try a DIY earthbox! My balcony is very solid, 12' x 6', and gets morning sun which is good considering the Texas summers!

          Two years ago I was desperate for radish sprouts and started growing them on my balcony until I finally found an Asian grocer that has them.

          I'd like to grow veggies that are expensive and difficult to find locally, especially cooking for one. For example, a package of fresh herbs at WalMart is $2.88, and I can buy a pot at Home Depot for $3 and use it all season. I'd like to grow different lettuces that have a short shelf life. I can grow them in "waves" so I have fresh greens constantly.

          1. re: Barbara76137
            Mother of four Mar 23, 2012 05:20 PM

            I have three Earthboxs and you will love them! Go for it.

      2. corneygirl Mar 11, 2012 11:57 AM

        If you get good sun you should be able to. I use 5 gallon food service buckets and have grown tomatoes, cucumbers, peas, beans, peppers, herbs and greens. Just make sure the containers can drain.

        1. KarenDW Mar 11, 2012 08:09 PM

          My first thought was "why not?" I have been balcony gardening for years. Last year we had carrots, beets, tomatoes, peas, beans, lettuce, chard, kale, basil. My potatoes didn't do well, but I'll use a larger pot this time. We have a S.E. facing balcony, with glass walls.
          When choosing items to plant, consider the amount of sun which you get on the balcony, at plant height. If your successful herbs tend towards thyme, chives, mint, then consider cool-temp veg such as peas, carrots and potatoes. If you're luckier with basil, rosemary and oregano, then tomatoes, garlic, potatoes, squash are likely options. The nice thing about balcony gardening in pails or pots, rather than boxes, is that you can move the pots to sunny spots during the day.

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            kengk Mar 18, 2012 06:08 AM

            The Earth box works very well. Even though I have a good size garden (20'x40') I also have three Earth boxes on my deck. Usually grow lettuce in the spring and fall and sweet potatoes in the heat of the summer. The sweet potatoes are more for the vines than anything but we do get several pounds of potatoes.

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              winepoet Mar 18, 2012 07:43 AM

              on my patio I have a container garden and grow mostly herbs. Depending on the size of the box you can use I recommend that you try peppers - hot seem to work better then bell and I have had good luck with cherry and grape t omatoes but no luck with full size.

              1. toodie jane Mar 22, 2012 10:01 AM

                here's a link to a balcony gardening blog, there are lots of others... http://lifeonthebalcony.com/new-start...

                have fun!

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                1. re: toodie jane
                  Barbara76137 Mar 23, 2012 04:40 PM

                  thanks! looks like a very informative site, I'll check it out!

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