In honor of the black ice on my balcony and the everlasting crust of dead snow on my car, I’m daydreaming about my container garden this week.
I’m coming up on a year in my apartment — what with all the drama and trauma of 2008, I’ve done little with my balcony, other than warn people not to lean on the weak and rusted railing. I put off last year’s garden, but this year I have the added benefit of a crappier economy to push me into growing some food. W00T!
Before I go into this list, I remind you that the balcony runs the entire length of my apartment (about 40 feet) and is about one-third shade from the smaller balcony above. The rest is a combination of direct and indirect sun, depending on the hour.
2009 Garden o’ Plenty
Pinot Noir peppers (sweet…also pretty!)
Carnival Hybrid Mix sweet peppers
Napa Hybrid grape tomatoes
Roma tomatoes…for roasting and sauce
Sweet Zuke Hybrid zucchini
Bush Bean Heavyweight II green beans
I am debating about lettuce…
Basil…lots and lots of basil
(I usually get the herb seedlings at the local Farmer’s Market)
I’m shooting for “easily grown food that I would otherwise spend a gazillion bucks on at the Farmer’s Markets” and “nontoxic flowers that make me smile.”
So, where’s all this going to go? I have a lovely herb pot that will house all of those — that will sit on the wrought iron table in the corner on the east end. I think a little bin of the elf sunflowers would be nice in that outside corner, too.
The pentas and marigolds will go in rail boxes. Yay, Ikea!
The daisies will get mixed up and potted together on a plant stand I’ve had for years. I intend to build a little semicircle of mountain meadow, right outside my door.
The plumblossom snapdragons and delphinium will go in a bin on the corner outside my bedroom, and the other snapdragons in the far corner on that side.
As for the veggies, I’m still working it out in my head. I have a bunch of wooden crates that will do nicely, but I’ll need a few more containers…I do know where to get more of the same crates, but I will also be checking out the secondhand shops and yard sales (once we’re back into livable temperatures) — half the fun of container gardens is the containers.
The configuration in my head looks something like a cross coming down the center of the balcony from the west end, and I’m thinking about raising at least some of them off the floor. BUT…the floor conducts a good bit of heat. So we’ll see.