If you are interested in growing plants on your patio, this is the post for you! Today, I’m going to round-up all the plants I’ve been growing (both successfully and unsuccessfully) out on my patio to give you a better idea about what plants may work for your small garden space!
Vegetables & Herbs
- Green Bell Peppers
Potatoes, carrots, and onions are a root vegetable. I bought specific grow bags to easily access the vegetables to harvest. https://www.amazon.com/Thickened-Growing-Planting-Container-Vegetable/dp/B083QZLMFM/ref=sr_1_13?_encoding=UTF8&c=ts&dchild=1&keywords=Plant+Grow+Bags&qid=1594853420&sr=8-13&ts_id=348069701 Otherwise, you will be digging up your containers, which wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world. Overall, growing these root vegetables isn’t necessarily hard on a small balcony given the right conditions. Something to note – I put compost in my potato bag and they did not like it. Potatoes grow way too tall if given too many nutrients.
Lettuce is something everyone who is starting off should try. It is hardy and easy to grow. Be sure to water often, as greens don’t love the heat!
The peppers do not like my patio, but that is mainly due to the lack of sunlight. If your patio is well lit and you have a larger container, peppers will likely do well.
Lastly, similar to lettuce, herbs are also relatively easy to grow in any size space. Check out my last blog on Mason Jar Herbs for a cute way to grow these guys. Otherwise, my only note would be that I tried to grow my first round from seed and oregano and rosemary grew incredibly slowly. Make sure to harvest or they will go to seed!
- English Daisies
Let me just start by saying I love flowers. It is completely my dream one day to have my own flower farm. If I could only grow one thing for the rest of my life, it would absolutely be some kind of flower, probably a hydrangea. All that said, small patios aren’t exactly the best place to grow flowers, in my opinion. We don’t really use our patio (outside of housing my plants) because it’s pretty buggy and someone in a neighboring apartment smokes on theirs, so it constantly smells like cigarettes. So if we had flowers out there, they wouldn’t be enjoyed as they should. Additionally, if you grow flowers from seed, it will take a long long time for them to bloom. Then once they bloom, it’s all over. A lot of flowers are perennials, meaning they come back every year. That is, of course, if they are planted in the ground. Planting potted flowers on a balcony that does not get a lot of use does a disservice to the flower. However, that is the conclusion I came to only after trying to grow several different flowers (most from seed). If you are set on having flowers on your balcony, your best bet is to buy baby plants. And of the above, I’d recommend all but hydrangeas. While they are one my favorites, they aren’t meant for small spaces.
If you are unsure about growing your plants, the best way to get started is simply that, just start. You will learn as you grow (hehe). You will likely have plants that die or don’t produce, but you will also have plants that surprise you!