In keeping with the whole balcony garden concept, here is something you can get started right now.
Do this project with your kids, they will love it and will be thrilled to watch things grow and chances are, if they grow it themselves, they will love to eat it!
Here’s what you will need:
Get one of those boxes that organic lettuce or spinach or whatever come in. (Clean one)
Then punch a few holes in the bottom for drainage and then place it on top of the lid……label side of the lid up, or so that it is like the box is sitting in a little tray to catch any water that leaks out.
Then you want to fill the box half way with some nice dirt.
Now whatever you do, don’t make the same mistake I made when I first started growing things. Get yourself some REAL dirt. Don’t just go and dig some old stuff from beside the parking lot or your driveway…..that dirt is dead. Go to the store and buy and nice little bag of dirt, they are very reasonable.
Or if you are an experienced grower like I am starting to be, I keep my last years dirt, but over the course of the winter I feed it with peelings, vegetable scraps and egg shells and such, that I then keep turning under with my little shovel and it magically turns into beautiful dirt. Now I’m lucky to live somewhere that I can actually do this, so if you can’t, then just buy a bag of dirt.
Then you will need some seeds. Today I am using mixed lettuce seeds, but you could use arugula or herbs or any other quick grow leafy product.
Sprinkle the seeds evenly over the dirt and make sure you aren’t crowding them.
Then it’s time to cover the seeds up with more dirt.
And then sprinkle with a bit of water to get started.
And then sit back and wait for them to grow!
Now if you live somewhere that it isn’t warm enough yet for this to stay outside, then by all means bring it in and set it on the window sill or some other sunny location. And if you really want to give the seeds a head start, find another lid ( who doesn’t have too many of those!) and just place it loosely on top and create a green house affect. Water it regularly but be careful not to drowned them. I find a squirt bottle the best way to water them when they are starting out.
Let’s check back later!