The Garden Share Collective: An introduction to our balcony garden

If you’ve been following me on Twitter and Instagram, you might have noticed an increasing number of photos about things growing in our balcony garden. So I was excited with Lizzie of Strayed From the Table asked if I would be interested in joining a Garden Blog Hop. I have said ‘yes’, created the new category ‘In the Garden’ and am looking forward to making regular updates about how well (and poorly) the garden is going, because there’s only so many words one can fit in a tweet.

Nasturtium

To kick off this Garden Share, allow me to play host and introduce you to my little garden space.

We live in an inner-city apartment, which thankfully comes with a 8m by 1.5m balcony. It gets full morning sunlight on one end and then full afternoon light, which warms the wall for the rest of the evening. We don’t have a lot of wind, but when it is stormy, it can get a little crazy and some plants will get moved to a more protected area of the balcony.

Balcony Garden from Nightchild80 on Vimeo.

At the moment, the balcony garden has:

  • Aloe vera
  • Apple mint and regular mint
  • Asparagus
  • Basil
  • Beetroot
  • Broccoli
  • Celery
  • Chilli
  • Dwarf sugar snap peas
  • Lettuce
  • Mizuna
  • Pea shoot
  • Potato
  • Rosemary
  • Spring onion
  • Tatsoi
  • Tomato
  • Nasturtium
  • Alyssum

This might seem like a lot of plants, but I’m only secure about my aloe vera, spring onion and rosemary. I share a testy first-date type of relationship with everything else, as I have never been raised as much of a gardener and haven’t had too much luck with plants. In fact, be prepared for a report on something dying every time this blog share comes along.

While the balcony garden is protected by larger pests and predators, like possums, it has already seen battle with aphids and white moth caterpillars. I am currently trying to do companion planting to minimise pests and maximise the available space. Commercial chemical warfare against pests will be a last resort.

Over the next month, I’m hoping to harvest my first pea shoots, which will hopefully be ready in about 2-4 weeks and some of my baby salad leaf veggies – beetroot, lettuce, mizuna and tatsoi. Most of these are still at the two leaf stage, so I am learning to be patient.

TheGardenShareCollective150pixThis blogpost is the first as part of the Garden Share Collective, where we tour around the web looking at food lovers’ veggies patches, container gardens or herbs on the window sill.

Drop in and have a look at how other contributors are going with their planting affairs.