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Progressing towards an edible balcony

Two years ago I moved from a house-and-garden in Victoria to a small ground-floor apartment in New South Wales (Australia). I'm missing my compost heap, veggie garden and flowers, but enjoying the challenge of balcony gardening and learning about a different climate - milder nights, shorter winters, sunnier days all round, and generally a less extreme climate than Melbourne, but with high humidity throughout summer.

My goal is to have a balcony stocked only with edible plants, plus a couple of things that have emotional significance (two frangipanis that were a gift, for example, although eventually they'll need to find a patch of ground somewhere).

As it's winter here, it's not a good time for impressive photos of lush foliage, but here's a picture to give you a bit of an idea of what I'm working on. To date, there are two types of parsley, also sage, rosemary, thyme, coriander, chilli, chives, brahmi, mint, oregano, a miniature kaffir lime, carrots (I hope), ginger, lemongrass and a strawberry plant. Also pansies (edible) and a hydrangea (not). Oh and the tub of primulas that were a gift... Any suggestions for other things that would work?

Our property is only to the edge of the balcony; the overhanging tree fern, palms and giant strelitzias are on common property. We like them because they give us shade and privacy, but they have the disadvantage of cutting the light down to the herbs and veggies and this will limit what can we can grow.  

There's a new 'gardening group' in the apartment complex and we are establishing a more extensive herb garden on a large common area. We are dreaming of raised garden beds and veggies, so that may be material for a future post too.

I do hope that the next photos I put up will be a bit more exciting. And also that my tiles have been cleaned by then!

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Comment by Jennifer on July 28, 2014 at 9:41am

I had to look up brahmi and now I'm super curious. Do you use it as a culinary herb or more as a homeopathic aid? Regarding shade-friendly plants, Dean asked a similar question recently that I reposted on HOMEGROWN's Facebook page. Folks had some great ideas!


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