For many of us these days, having a garden is but a luxury. But not having a garden doesn’t have to limit you. Learn how to grow fresh produce on your own balcony with peace of mind knowing it’s free from pesticides, chemical and any nasties!
How To Get Started
Although the internet provides a wealth of information, there are so many variables when it comes to setting up your balcony garden, such as whether you can build a veggie patch, use pots or grow creepers. Then you need to decide what you want to grow, and this can be determined by the amount of sunlight your balcony receives. Also you need to consider if you also want your balcony to be a place of sanctuary, where you can sit down and enjoy the green space in your home.
So with all these things to consider, my best advice is to seek help from the pros. My pro was Harbir, better known to us as H. H came over to our place, inspected our space and pretty much told us our options. Once we decided what would work best, we got to work. And trust me, I would not have been able to figure this out from the internet, and neither would I have received as much enthusiasm as we did from H!
Benefits Of Growing Your Own Food:
1. Less waste
Think about all the herbs you have bought that have come wrapped up in plastic. Not only does that plastic packaging go to our landfills, but more often than not, some of those herbs end up in the bin too as we just don’t use them all up.
These days, vegetables in the supermarket all come wrapped up in cling film or packed on plastic trays. Growing your own food can help you reduce plastic as well as food waste.
2. Less toxic
You have complete control of your plants, so you know what goes on and in it. While it may not be certified organic, growing your own food is a lot more natural than the fruits and vegetables you will find in the supermarket.
3. Save money
You start off with a pack of seeds that cost a few dollars which is nothing in comparison to the produce you will get in return. Maintenance of a balcony garden is also not expensive as you can use compost for fertiliser and many organic products (you’ll need “food” for your plants) are also affordable.
We grew cherry tomatoes and must have saved a few hundred dollars from not having to buy any tomatoes from the supermarket, in fact we had to give some away because we couldn’t consume them all.
Growing your own food is a continuous learning process. I will admit that it is my husband that is responsible for everything that is growing — I’m the think tank and he’s the executor! He has had so much joy experimenting with seeds, different soil compositions, fertilisers and making natural bug killers. The learning process is ongoing.
Apart from it being educational for us, this is something incredible for the kids too. It is so important for them to understand where food comes from. When you know how long and sometimes difficult it can be to grow a bowl of tomatoes, you begin to appreciate what mother nature provides for us.
5. Zen space
The balcony garden has become a somewhat meditation space for my husband. He has found such peace tending to his plants. And the kids have so much fun helping him out. Mind you, we did have many occasions screaming at the kids not to pick the unripe fruit! But overall, the balcony garden gives a sense of tranquility and absolute satisfaction.