Turn your balcony into a snack balcony! A beautiful appearance and delicious aromas are not mutually exclusive when small balcony vegetables are combined with fruits and herbs that thrive in small spaces and bring in delicious harvests. You can find out which plants are suitable for a snack balcony in this article.
It is often not necessary to buy seeds for the snack balcony, because you can also get them from exchange markets for seeds or simply from the organic vegetables on the market.
Balcony vegetables: delicious even in small format
Tomato harvest on the balcony
A flower box is often sufficient for particularly small tomatoes, while larger varieties are better accommodated in larger flower or plant pots and are supported with sticks.
If you choose smaller tomatoes the next time you buy organic tomatoes, you don’t even have to buy the seeds, you can use the seeds from the fruit for sowing.
Pull the peppers and chilli yourself
The same thing happens with peppers and chilli: store a few seeds and, like the tomatoes, it is best to plant them on the windowsill before planting them out on the balcony.
Crisp radishes from the balcony
Radishes need some distance from each other so that they grow in the typical round shape. Otherwise, they are very easy to maintain in the balcony box and promise crisp and spicy taste – pure, in a salad, sliced on bread or as a savory spread.
Picking salads: fresh straight from the earth
Picking salads such as Lollo Rosso or Romaine lettuce provide fresh ingredients for many weeks for the salad bowl and for snacking in-between: Pick only the outer leaves, then the salad grows again and again from the center. If you don’t want to sow the lettuce, you can also try to replenish the remains of a purchased plant.
Balcony fruit: Handy and flavorful
Strawberries: ideal for the snack balcony
There are different types of strawberries that are ideal for the snack balcony. For example, hanging strawberries can be planted in hanging baskets, from which their tendrils hang and carry a rich harvest. Raised strawberries, on the other hand, are an eye-catcher on balconies, where ropes or wires can be stretched upwards, on which the plants grow.
The principle is the same for these and other varieties: stretch out your hand, pluck berries and enjoy immediately! Since strawberries always form offshoots by themselves, the propagation of the plant is not difficult.
Physalis and Co .: delicious lanterns
Physalis Like the pineapple cherry, it can be easily sown in a larger flowerpot that is best protected from the wind and in partial shade.
You will be rewarded with decorative plant lanterns and delicious fruit berries in them: the physalis are a little larger and stronger in color and taste, while the pineapple cherry produces smaller fruits with a more subtle aroma that contain less acid. Here, too, it is worth trying to prefer the kernels of purchased organic fruits.
Blueberries: Vitamins from the shrub
Dwarf blueberry varieties are also suitable for the balcony. Set up in large flower pots in a sheltered place where you can soak up a lot of sun, you have the vitamin-rich kick for in between or the topping for curd dishes, desserts, infused water and much more directly at home.
Blueberries need acidic soil – no problem, they are in a pot and can therefore be easily supplied with the right soil. Occasional fertilization with coffee grounds also helps to appropriately lower the pH in the soil.
Column fruit: apples, plums & Co. in the smallest area
If you have a larger balcony that can accommodate one or more large plant pots, you can plant apples, pears, plums, cherries and many other stone and stone fruit at home. With the slender column fruit varieties or grafted trees, you can also bring the seasons to the balcony – with pretty flowers in spring and colorful foliage in autumn.
Column fruit is in garden centers and on-line available.
Balcony herbs and edible flowers
Nasturtium: versatile hotness
Nasturtiums come in a wide variety of heights. You can choose from a height of 25 centimeters to tendrils 1.5 meters long. It not only looks good with its orange-yellow-rust-red flowers, but the young leaves and the flowers also taste pungent – just like that in between or with a salad. If you always pick up some of the seed pods in the fall, you can pull new nasturtiums every year.
Mint for health and taste
Mint is one of the most loyal plants that you can have on the balcony. Once sown, it can survive almost every winter and long dry spells without damage.
In addition to peppermint and Moroccan mint, orange mint can also be used to cultivate a variety that brings a particularly fruity note in teas, but also in salads or other dishes. Plucking a leaf of mint and chewing it pure is a wonderful refreshment for in between.
Horned violet flowers with a sweet aroma
Horned violets are not only pretty, their flowers are also edible and have a slightly sweet aroma. The flowers can be eaten pure, but also give fruit and savory salads, desserts and chocolates an interesting taste.
Borage: not just a bee friend
Bees also particularly like borage. In addition, the decorative violet-blue flowers of the plant, also known as “cucumber herb”, taste very delicious pure or in curd cheese and yoghurt preparations.
Borage is part of the famous Frankfurt green sauce, but also tastes small and seasoned on a slice of bread. Its seeds can easily be sown again the following year.
Sorrel: vitamins from the snack balcony
In addition to many medicinal and culinary herbs, wild herbs can also be planted in the pot on the snack balcony. The sorrel, for example, is tasty for in between. There is a variety that grows to around 30 centimeters in height and therefore fits nicely on the balcony.
Its typical “sour green” taste makes the sorrel a tasty herb snack for in between. In addition, it also provides you with vitamin C and many minerals. The sorrel also brings a fresh note to the salad, quark dishes and sauces.
Tips for a successful snack balcony
In addition to conventional flower boxes and pots, simple pails (with a small hole in the bottom for water drainage), (self-made) plant bags and hanging baskets can also be used as planters.
It is also worth considering how much sun the balcony gets, because depending on the circumstances, different types of vegetables and fruits or herbs thrive particularly well. For example, many edible plants can be grown on a mostly shady balcony.
You can find more tips for a successful snack garden at lofty heights in our article on a rich harvest on the balcony, in the article on small projects for the balcony garden and in our book:
What edible plants grow on your balcony? We look forward to your suggestions in the comments!
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