Going to the market or the store for fresh fruits and vegetables is a common practice for most people, especially those living in apartments. Stepping out onto the balcony for salad ingredients is somewhat less common, but that should not stop you from turning your balcony into a really small garden full of fresh produce! Besides being very relaxing, with homegrown produce, you'll know you're eating healthy fruits and vegetables that you can pick whenever you want. Below, we offer a few tips for successful domestic produce, enhancing the healthiness and delectability of your salads!
Your plantlife starter pack
If you decide to grow fruits and vegetables on your terrace, you will require a specific set of materials and tools, so start by getting suitable pots or containers for your plants. Opt for larger pots with effective drainage systems, high-quality planting soil, seeds, and fertilizer when growing fruits and vegetables. To set up the pots on your terrace, you'll need adequate space, so carefully assess how to utilize it most efficiently before you go shopping.
Create thriving conditions
Fruits and vegetables typically require a good source of light, so choose the sunniest spots on your terrace or consider installing additional lighting if you don't have enough natural light. Also, keep in mind that each type of fruit and vegetable thrives under specific conditions, so learn about the optimal conditions for your seedlings. For example, tomatoes need a lot of light and water, and it's best to water them in the morning. Additionally, regularly remove dry leaves and flowers to promote growth and fruitfulness!
Select your seedlings
When it comes to choosing plants, consider the size of your outside space. On a smaller balcony, you can successfully grow smaller fruits like strawberries, raspberries, or even cherry tomatoes. Vegetables like peppers, green lettuce, and herbs like basil and parsley are also excellent choices for a terrace! Choose plants whose fruits you enjoy consuming and for which you can provide optimal growing conditions.
The time it takes for fruits and vegetables to yield their first produce depends on their type. Some fruits can grow in as little as two months after planting, while others may require much more time. Be sure to gather information about the ideal conditions for each plant and be patient — it's best to slowly observe the growth and maturation of the fruits you've planted. Moreover, you'll especially appreciate the freshness and flavor of your dishes when the herbs from your little garden bear fruit!