If you don’t have a garden, you can still grow a small vegetable patch on your balcony. Many plants thrive here and are easy to grow in pots. MyZen TV gives you 10 tips for maintaining a vegetable garden on your balcony.

1. Good orientation

Good orientation

The orientation of your balcony is crucial to the success of your vegetable garden. It should face due south, southwest, or southeast. There should be at least 5 to 6 hours of sunshine in summer. If your balcony faces north, you’ll have trouble growing plants due to the lack of light.

2. Easy-to-grow fruit and vegetables

Some plants are undemanding and easy to grow on your balcony. These include beets, cucumbers, green beans, lettuces, strawberries, radishes, and more. Some herbs can also be easily grown on your balcony.

3. Pay attention to the needs of certain vegetables

Vegetables that need very good exposure to the sun

Some vegetables require ample sunlight to grow properly. These include zucchinis, peppers, eggplants, tomatoes, and more.

4. You need the right amount of air

You don’t want your plants to suffocate due to a lack of air. Conversely, they should not be placed in drafty areas where strong gusts of wind can occur.

5. Hanging pots from walls and fences

Some plants can be hung in small pots, which not only saves space but also adds an attractive touch to walls and fences, especially with hanging plants.

6. Use large bins

Use large flower boxes

For a successful vegetable garden, we recommend using large flower boxes that allow ample room for potting soil and prevent watering issues. This way, your plants will have sufficient space to develop strong roots.

7. Do not allow potting soil to dry out

Watering is crucial for maintaining beautiful plants. Therefore, make sure not to let the soil of your plants dry out and check regularly to compensate for any potential water shortage.

8. Do not over-water

Do not over-water

It’s important to avoid over-watering your plants as it can cause root rot. To ensure proper water drainage, you can place clay balls at the bottom of the pots to facilitate efficient drainage.

9. Use coffee grounds

Use coffee grounds

To assist in the growth of your plants, you can incorporate coffee grounds into your potting soil. It’s recommended to dry the coffee grounds before adding them. A mixture of approximately 1/3 coffee grounds to 2/3 potting soil is suggested.

10. Make a small compost

If you have a spacious balcony, you can consider installing a small composter to have access to natural fertilizer conveniently. This approach is not only cost-effective but also helps in reducing organic waste. Explore our comprehensive guide for successful composting to learn more about valuable tips and techniques.

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