Balcony and windowsill gardening

Of course not everyone has their own garden space, or time to take on an allotment so this section will cover what you can grow on a windowsill or a small balcony.

We’ll cover some real basics like how to keep herbs from the supermarket alive, growing herbs and salads in a small space and look at some edibles that can be used as beautiful houseplants.

The first thing to consider when rowing in a small space is what the space actually is and how you can utilise it to grow crops the whole family will enjoy, and that are not just a basic staple that’s cheap in the supermarket. Whether that’s salad crops or microgreens, herbs or chilli peppers and tomatoes, making these decisions before you start will mean you have a plan that can be concentrated on, and the temptation to try everything will be curtailed. Crops we would suggest for growing in small spaces are……

  • Microgreens
  • Cut and come again salads
  • Aubergines
  • Tomato
  • Culinary herbs

If you have a small balcony you may have room for some containers or a raised bed. If you are going to purchase these things then make sure you have measured out the room you have available and take those measurements along when you go to buy the containers. The middle aisle of certain supermarkets often are a good place to look for these, or you’ll find a whole lot of containers and small plastic type raised beds for salads etc online. Again choose crops that are things you especially like to eat, but that you might not find so easily in a supermarket