As I’ve mentioned before, we live in a rather small condo in central Boulder. That means we don’t have a backyard, just a small balcony. I’ve discovered you can actually grow a few things, even when you live in a small space.
This is my second summer growing a few herbs. I love to use fresh herbs in my cooking, but they can be rather expensive to buy one. Summer is a great opportunity to grow them on the balcony. I have two containers attached over the side. I love that I don’t have to use any precious patio space, and can still grow herbs that I’ll use.
This year I planted two kinds of basil, parsley, thyme, sage, and dill. I also planted a small cilantro plant. The empty space on the end was where it was. It, unfortunately, did not survive long. Oh well, at least the others are thriving!
I also planted rosemary in a small pot to put on our table. I did that last year, too, and really enjoyed having fresh rosemary on hand. This year, however, did not turn out so well. It started looking bad rather quickly. I tried moving it inside for a bit, but that didn’t help it. I cut it all the way down and have moved it back outside. I’m hoping it might get going again, but I’m starting to think it’s a lost cause. So sad!
This year I’m trying my hand at cherry tomatoes. My starter plant has really shot up over the past couple of weeks. I’m hoping it will start producing a few tomatoes here soon! It’s a Chocolate Cherry Tomato plant. Doesn’t that sound delicious?! The tomatoes will be a dark color and are supposed to be quite juicy. As I haven’t tried growing cherry tomatoes much, does anyone have any tips for convincing them to start producing?
I also have a small basket of flowers hanging up, just for fun. I suppose it would be a better use of space to grow something edible, but I enjoy having flowers around, too!
I’m thinking about trying out a full garden next year. We actually have access to a community garden just a couple of blocks away. I’m just about ready to go for it and sign up for next season. That will be a new adventure since I haven’t done much gardening at all, especially on my own.
Do you grow any of your own food? What kind of space do you have? I’d love to hear all about it!