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Project by Vallyncia posted 08-12-2010 01:00 PM 2558 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I live in a small south facing condo with a decent sized balcony that gets partial sun (mostly morning sun) throughout the day. I decided last year to try my hand at a balcony garden, and it is now in it’s second year of success! This year is much more successful than last, but both years have produced fine herbs, veggies, and flowers. The only issue I have had is that I don’t get enough sun/heat for seedlings, but next year I will fix that with a handy growlight so that I can grow my own plant babies (instead of paying ridiculous amounts for them at the store).
I have discovered that I have a great spot for tomatoes, a decent location for herbs, and a terrible place for strawberries. In addition, I am growing a couple trees in pots (hibiscus and chestnut) which thus far are a success but we’ll see how quickly they outgrow their homes!
The hibiscus variety shown here is called the blushing bride hibiscus, chosen because I was married earlier this year :-)
The pics are: tomatoes, hibiscus blossom, day lilies and hibiscus, begonia, mint and thyme, the garden in September 2010.

-- Gardens are a form of autobiography. ~Sydney Eddison



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Vallyncia

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hardiness zone 8

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MsDebbieP

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hardiness zone 5b

posted 08-12-2010 05:39 PM

I can’t wait to see the real photos!
Isn’t it exciting to try a new gardening venture AND have it successful!!
Congrats on your gardening journey.

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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Radicalfarmergal

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hardiness zone 5b

posted 08-12-2010 07:28 PM

When I lived in San Francisco, all my plants were on my balcony. It is wonderful what you can grow in a limited space. Regarding your two trees, I grew a ginko tree and a coastal redwood tree on my balcony, I just kept them small using bonsai techniques. I am looking forward to seeing photos of your balcony garden, it sounds lovely.

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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Greenthumb

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posted 08-13-2010 01:21 PM

I spent at least a decade living in various apartments and always had flower gardens on the balconies and verandas. Just because a space is small, doesnt mean it cant be beautiful.

Nice work, nice garden.

-- just one more rock, and the garden is done ; )

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Vallyncia

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hardiness zone 8

posted 08-13-2010 02:55 PM

I’m hoping to get some better pictures up soon to give you a better idea of what the space looks like, but all the plants featured above were grown on my balcony. My hibiscus is on year two and doing really well, everything else is either new this year or an annual.

-- Gardens are a form of autobiography. ~Sydney Eddison

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Radicalfarmergal

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hardiness zone 5b

posted 08-14-2010 07:07 AM

Your hibiscus blooms are beautiful.

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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jroot

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hardiness zone 5a

posted 08-14-2010 09:23 AM

I agree. Your hibiscus blooms are beautiful. I don’t have that one.

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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Bon

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hardiness zone 5a

posted 08-14-2010 09:49 AM

Your plants all look good and healthy.I too love that hibiscus.

-- Bon,Hastings,Ont.....zone 5a....Always room for one more

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Harold and Pam

255 posts in 2855 days
hardiness zone 10b

posted 09-07-2010 01:42 PM

Very nice indeed. I’m just wondering how you get to the BBQ grill? We have the same problem – lots piled up on our porch. And let me be the first to say… “Congrats on your marriage!” Pam and I will celebrate our 4th anniversary tomorrow (Sept *8).

-- Pam grows 'em - I cook 'em...... Melbourne, Fl

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jroot

5121 posts in 3410 days
hardiness zone 5a

posted 09-07-2010 08:47 PM

Congratulations, Vallyncia on your recent wedding. May you have many more. Personally, I just celebrated our 37th year.

Congrat also are in order for Harold and Pam. Those first few years are the real test. The rest are easy. LOL

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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Iris43

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hardiness zone 5a

posted 09-09-2010 09:46 AM

I don’t know how I missed this post ealier, but I’m glad I found it now. :) You are very ambitious with so many plants on your balcony, but they look like they they are doing well, and are very pretty. I’m sure you find it rewarding.

Congratulations on your recent wedding…..as jroot stated, I hope you enjoy many years of bliss. :)

-- 'To plant a Garden is to believe in Tomorrow'

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sharad

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hardiness zone 11

posted 09-10-2010 12:54 PM

I am also wondering how I missed this wonderful post. You have successfully grown nice plants on your limited space and limited sunshine. You have selected a befitting variety of Hibiscus and the pink color looks so attractive. Tomatoes also look very healthy. Hope you will add more varieties to your garden as you get experience. Congratulations on your wedding. I celebrated our 48th anniversary on 6th May this year and hope to celebrate the golden. God bless you.

Sharad

-- Bagwan-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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Vallyncia

84 posts in 2655 days
hardiness zone 8

posted 09-22-2010 02:44 PM

Thanks for all the congratulations! It’s been a crazy year, sometimes I think gardening is the only thing keeping me from losing my mind :P

-- Gardens are a form of autobiography. ~Sydney Eddison

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