Photo: Strawberries and Nasturtiums on the rails, Avocados & Brazilian Cherries in large pots, flood worm farm shaded by the trees, mixture of herbs, Tomatoes and Microgreens growing on the stand.
This is the time when my balcony container container garden goes into full production. I am now harvesting lots of salads, leafy greens and some of my Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes are very close. I just need to add Cucumbers and I can have fresh salad each and every day!
At the moment I am harvesting Nasturtiums, Micro , herbs and Lettuce, all of this is fed with liquid nutrients from my worm farm that you can see at the end of the image It's a flood system I created and can be used on anything, as it has virtually no smell and isn't too strong!
I always use a high grade premium potting mix and make sure it contains crystals, or a wetting agent to help hold moisture, reason being you never want your pots drying out. Otherwise it's very difficult for them to store and hold moisture again. They can create dry pockets in the containers and this has no benefit for the plants at all.
Photo Below: The western end of my balcony with Strawberries, Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes and Mexican Tomatillo's
In the summer months I have to bring the plants very close to the rail as the sun is higher in the sky, but as the winter comes, and the sun gets lower I can a lot more light and production.
I also like to grow plants that will fruit or produce fresh leafy greens for as long as possible. This is why Nasturtiums have to be one of my favourites as you can grow them for years and just keep on picking, unlike Lettuce, which I have you have to keep planting in succession.
Indeterminate Tomatoes such as Cherry Tomatoes are also my choice as they not only taste great, they are hardy and you can get fruit for a whole season, they just keep producing! That means you keep eating, yes?
Strawberries are also wonderful on the balcony and can produce for close to 4 years, and each year you just get more and more. Maybe I might make my own Jam next fruiting season.
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