Herbs and Vegetables – What to Grow
The right plants for your apartment vegie patch will depend on your local climate and the amount of space and sunlight at your disposal. Below are a few good all-rounders that will work for most balcony gardens.
Mint is a tough, tenacious herb as long as it’s given plenty of water and occasional fertiliser. It produces abundant leaves even in small containers and doesn’t mind modest amounts of sun.
Parsley is one of the easiest herbs to grow in containers. It’s not picky about soil type and does equally well in full sun and partial shade.
Oregano isn’t fussy about soil and will cope with being watered just a couple times a week. It does however, need a good amount of sunlight and needs to be picked correctly to stop the plant from going woody.
Garlic is super easy to grow and even a small pot placed on a windowsill will quickly yield several large, juicy bulbs.
Salad Leaves: Green salad leaves such as rocket, spinach, cress and oak lettuce thrive in planter boxes, do well in full or partial sun and can be cut back several times for multiple harvests.
Chilli Plants: They require no love yet yield 4 months a year. They are happy being dormant and always come back to life.
Tomatoes: Most tomato varieties do well in containers, provided they get plenty of sun. Trailing varieties are great for hanging pots. Consider adding a lavender plant in with your tomato plants to attract more bees to pollinate the fruits.
Eggplant: Eggplants will happily grow in larger containers but require a good amount of sun. They’re super productive too – a healthy plant will produce several harvests.
So there you have it. Your high-rise veggie patch is waiting to be tended to. Start with a few of the suggestions above and taste the difference!