Starting Our Balcony Garden

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Jonathan and I have finally started our balcony garden! The carrots, basil, and tomatoes are germinating, with plans to add paprika, courgettes, carrots, radish, and spinach in the coming weeks. We would like to grow as many of our own vegetables as possible, and I am lucky enough to have a close friend with a thriving balcony garden to get advice from.

In addition to the seeds and planters, we got a home growbox. This allows us to moderate temperature, light, and humidity so that we can grow plants out of season. Berlin is a wonderful city, but it’s not an ideal environment for some of my favorite veggies! As a minimalist, I struggled with the volume of ‘stuff’ I needed to get this garden going, but growing my own food is an important step towards zero-waste and the act of tending to the garden is a great stress reliever so I think it’s worth it.

Now that the seeds have germinated we will transfer them into their containers (carrots and basil in the open air, tomatoes in the growbox) and hopefully, after 12 weeks of loving care, our first batch should be ready to eat!  The unit does cost some energy to run, but since our home is powered with 100% green energy I am not too concerned about a negative environmental impact.

Although it varies plant to plant, the general cycle is something like this. Germination phase (in a small container, or using the paper towel method) 10 – 20 days, plant and cultivate for 3 months, pick and eat. Once we have a healthy and thriving crop we are going to experiment with cloning our plants rather than buying new seeds.

I can’t wait for the first batch!

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Starting Our Balcony Garden

6 thoughts on “Starting Our Balcony Garden

    1. Erin says:

      So far it has been fantastic, but the true test will come in the colder months. I am growing 1 tomato plant and 1courgette plant inside, and 1 of each outside the box. The ones inside are bigger and bushier already.

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    2. Erin says:

      It was pretty pricey at 100 EUR but I think you can get cheaper ones or maybe find one secondhand. My husband got it, I probably would have shopped around a little more myself!

      I am traveling Thursday, but I think I am going to try to do a garden update before then.

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      1. Ahhha. It is a pretty thought out product though so it makes sense. And if you can use it for several years and have a lot of stuff to grow in it it will be worth it for the joy of it 😉
        Yhey! I look forward to it 😉

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