We’ve had a warm week and I think you know what that makes me think about..yes, you are right – GARDENING! There is still snow outside my window, but March is approaching fast and it’s soon time to start planting some seeds. This year I have a greenhouse/balcony and I will be able to start my container gardening much sooner than last year. I am visualising growing plenty of vegetables vertically. The balcony is 180 sq ft, and the glass walls are 8’10 high. I already have closer to 30 big, sturdy, black planting pots that I invested in last year. I have many seeds in my seed collection that I am planning on growing, but I also ordered two new varieties of tomato seeds today.
This is the entrance to my balcony, from my living room. Now you have a visual of the area where I am planning my container garden this year.
I am trying to think about what vegetables we eat the most of in our family, and grow them. Tomato is the number one vegetable we eat. We eat the tomatoes warm right of the wine throughout the summer, we make pizza sauce, and I use it as a base in many soups and stews the whole year. It makes sense to grow a lot of tomatoes. Cucumber is another vegetable we eat. I like to have cucumber in salads, and on my sandwiches. My daughter loves pickles.
I also use winter squash, zucchini and bell-pepper in my soups and stews, so it makes sense to have some of that as well. Celery is something we all enjoy to eat raw as a snack. I freeze the celery greens and use it in many dishes. I like using fresh herbs when I cook, and the herbs we use the most are basil, oregano, thyme, and cilantro they are must haves in the garden. I have a big sage plant that are surviving the winter out on the balcony right now, I like to make tea out of fresh sage. Tea is my main use for sage, I only rarely use it in food.
I am planning on having a few big pots with the three sisters; corn, beans, and squash. I have never grown corn in pots, or in Sweden before, so that will be an experiment. My squash and beans did great in pots last year. I have two young fig trees in pots that I am going to have in front of the shortest wall at the balcony, that is the wall next to the door, and it has a window towards the living room. I think fig leaves are very beautiful to look at. I am visualising the tallest crops, that can grow vertically growing closest to the glass walls, having a net made out of burlap for extra support (doesn’t take a lot of space, eco friendly, sustainable and cheap.)
I will have another row of pots inside them, with enough room for the sun to shine on all the plants, in this row I will place low growing/bushy plants. I might have the herbs in this row, and most likely some salad greens (I love kale.) One wall of the balcony is a plain wall, with a small window (towards my daughter’s room) high up, I am going to place some typ of furniture here, so that we can enjoy the space.
My daughter really wants strawberries, and olive trees, we’ll see if there is room left..I’ll probably find some space for strawberries as they do great hanging as well, the olive trees… well, we’ll see about them. There are bushes that would do well in this space, and that I really would enjoy having, but I want to see how this turns out first. This country girl that is currently stuck in the city, is actually super excited about gardening this year 🙂
Why don’t I get you a refill on your beverage, and then you’ll tell me about your plans for this spring! Do you have any gardening plans? Places you long to see? I hope you are enjoying a fabulous weekend 🙂