4. Growing fruit and vegetables
Fancy picking your own tomatoes to make a Caprese salad for lunch, right in the middle of the city? No problem! For many types of fruit and vegetables, you don’t need a large growing area at all. Strawberries, carrots, lettuce or tomatoes will grow just as well in a tub or window box. Fruit and vegetables thrive best on south-facing balconies, but east or west-facing locations can also work just fine. Strawberries, peppers, chillies and tomatoes work well, even for newcomers to the urban gardening trend. Any containers with a minimum capacity of ten litres are suitable for growing on a balcony, including window/balcony boxes, pots and bowls. Snacking fruit and vegetables also thrive well in small raised beds, and strawberries grow particularly well in hanging baskets. Anyone who finds it too time-consuming to propagate their own plants from the middle of March onwards can just buy young plants from the garden centre and then plant them directly on their balcony.