Hello there plant lovers and green fellows! Here I'll be posting some tips, tricks and hints related to having a garden which:
- Smells good and fills your house with colors.
- Provides species to cook with, as well as vegetables and fruits.
- Combines plants in direct soil as well as in pots.
- Provides a nice outdoors space where to have meals on sunny days.
- Produces its own humus from organic wastes.
- Runs on the cheap.
Note 1: There are many tips for propagation of plants
on step 4
Note 2: Much of the information
is contained inside the pictures
themselves, so check them out!
Note 3: Start by check these 2 introductory photos with a few examples of what I have (and you can grow too!) at home.Let me say that all the photos were taken in my garden, and all the plants and fruits shown belong to this garden (unless otherwise stated).
Step 1: Balconies and Pots
You don't need a big area of soil in order to set up a gourmet garden. Even if you have a park, you may want to set up small plants in pots so as to leave the bigger spaces for your trees, as I do.
If you have a balcony with enough sunlight, then it's perfectly possible to grow aromatic plants as well as strawberries and cherry tomatoes. Check the photos where I show plants of tomato, strawberry, mint, oregano, ciboulette, rosemary, thyme, salvia, etc., all of them in pots.
Moisture in pots
Note that soil from the pots will lose lots of water during summer and in dry, windy days, even if it's not that hot, so you'll probably have to water the plants more often than you'd do in an outside garden.
One way to protect plants from excesive sun and wind is to set up a number of combined plants in the same pot, and/or to arrange many pots together. This creates a region with buffered humidity, and also helps protect plants from some plagues.
Size of pots
Strawberries, red cherry tomatoes, ciboulete, tomatoes, and small plants can be grown in rather small pots, may be 10 to 15 cm deep. Many plants can be grown in the same pot, even different varieties. Bigger plants like rosemary or thyme may fit well in such a small pot when they are small, but they will eventually require there own big pot (20 to 30 cm deep, 20 to 30 cm in diameter).
Look at the labels in the pictures for more tips on pots.
You can use wooden or metal scaffolds in order to put some pots above others, thus making better use of the available space. Such scaffolds may also serve as tutors for those plant which require tutors (like some tomatoes).