The can I bought lists:
Green beans - Carrots - Corn - Cucumbers - Cantaloupes - Onions - Peas - Bell Peppers - Romaine Lettuce - Spinach - Squash - Tomatoes - Zucchini
Any further details will be inside the can, but I am keeping it unopened for now, as the seeds will keep better this way, and I am saving it for an emergency, or to try out next year.
Some of what's in the container can be grown in pots, but some of what's listed grows kind of big. I know that corn grows tall. Cucumbers, squash, cantaloupes, and zucchini need a lot of room, but you could try just growing one of each, and pruning them to take up less room, but that will limit the harvest. Green bean, and peas room needs vary with the breed, which isn't specified on the can, but again, even the bigger types can be grown in a pot if you limit numbers, and prune them. Carrots, onions, bell peppers, Romaine lettuce, and tomatoes can be grown in in pots, but again, if you have limited space, plant only one or two at a time, and prune if necessary. I don't know about spinach, as my family has never grown it. I also don't like it, so I will give those seeds to a relative. You should be able to grow that in pots, too, and again, just limit the number of plants you start to one or two at a time, and prune if necessary. I think the only one you really can't use in your limited space is the corn. Don't forget, you can also plant some of these in hanging baskets, and there are tall types of pots, like strawberry pots that can grow more in less space, and they are not just for strawberries. You can plant other crops in them, too. The balcony sounds like a good bet for the bigger growers. Put the smaller ones in the window, or in hanging baskets.
I recommend you get a book called: Square Foot Gardening. I believe the author's name is Mel Bartholomew. This book gives lots of great gardening tips, including how to garden in small spaces. Mel used to have a gardening show on PBS many years ago. I think he may have passed away by now, but I hope I'm wrong. He was very personable on the show, and in print, and I really liked his book.
Most should do fine on a balcony w/ some sun. Window is fine for staring seedlings. Get them and remember to harvest the seeds as well! God bless! Remember, if you can't help yourself, you can't help anyone else!
answered 1 month, 4 weeks ago
You can grow most things in 1 square foot. In your case I would think UP rather than out. If your balcony has privacy walls, consider planter boxes that are configured like shelves on one wall. Look on youtube for pallet gardens where folks upcycle wooden pallets to make little kitchen gardens.
Other things to consider are Shade/Sun requirements. If you balcony faces the sunset you'll be ok. If you balcony faces the sunrise, stick with cool weather and shade tolerant plants like lettuces, brussel sprouts, etc.
Be aware that squashes, cucumbers, gourds, and pumpkins spread out with long vines, but they can be managed with some prudent trimming and training.
answered 4 months, 2 weeks ago
Hi, it really depends on the location of your planting area. If sufficient sunlight and warmth are available then you should be able to grow these either in bags or 5 gallon buckets. They also do well in hydro- and guppy-ponic situations. I have planted some seeds in an aquarium refugium under grow lights (guppy-ponics) and they did fine. In soil in 5 gallon buckets for tomatoes and corn and it did very well in these. Using a 2 bucket (5 gallon each) ebb and flow hydroponic system I DIYed I grew several other seed types which did well. These grew in my bedroom, balcony and living room so I would think you will be safe with just the sun and temp factors to deal with.
I grew some of these seeds in grow bags on my deck. It worked great.
Sure you can have a balcony garden, you can plant tomatoes, radishes, onions, romaine lettuce, bell peppers, carrots, celery, pretty much anything that is not a vine plant. Just get some large flower pots and plant away. If you can find someone to build a set of steps or stairs for you you can use them to double or triple your growing area.
Be creative and plant yourself a garden, you'll be surprised at how much better your homegrown veggies will taste and don't forget to plant some herbs too. You'll be the envy of your neighbors and you can share what you don't need.