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how to create a functional and edible container garden on your balcony

Do you want to grow your cooking herbs on your balcony railing?
Learn how to do it with tips from lifestyle.com.au

Jody Rigby | lifestyle.com.au
Greenbo Railing planter

Edible Garden Balcony With Jody Rigby

"How to create a functional and edible container garden on your balcony.

Planting and Care Tips:

Your herbs will need 4 to 6 hours of sun a day to thrive. You need to water the plants daily, as there is limited soil around the root zone. Make sure you have drainage holes in your pots. They also need fortnightly applications of seaweed fertilizer.

Use a good quality potting mix and combine with compost or manures, slow release fertilizers and water-saving crystals.

Think about companion planting – can you add a few plants in the same pot that will be beneficial to each other? Try planting marigolds with lettuce to keep the bugs away. Nip off the first marigold buds before they open to generate more flowers.

Add a splash of colour with vibrant chilli plants.

Plants that need a lot of room for running like melons or zucchinis aren’t suitable for container gardening.

Suitable pieces for pots are: Lettuce, Spinach, Cauliflower, Tomatoes, Broccoli, Citrus, Cabbage, Peas and Beans, Chillis and most herbs."

Did you know?

• Strawberries are the first fruit to ripen in spring.
• Fresh, finely chopped chives are a good salt substitute.
• You should choose a sunny spot for your citrus, resulting in more fruit.

Suppliers:

Greenbo Planters
http://www.greenbo.co

We used:
• Variegated Lemon Thyme
• Chives - Allium schoenoprasum
• Sweet Basil - Deimum basilicum
• Capsicum Karneval – Capsicum annuum ‘Karneval’
• Strawberry Fragoo
• Semi Prostrate Rosemary – has a milder flavour than upright Rosemary.
• Eyles Splitzer lemon/lime tree in large pot.

Location: Meadowbank, NSW

 

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