Bountiful Basil… The Beginning
In this bountiful basil post, we are going over what works and doesn’t work. As our readers our aware, we are attempting to grow a small container garden on our balcony. Our balcony receives about 4-5 hours of sunlight on average. We started by planting tomatoes, kale, basil, cilantro, green onions, and some flowers.
The Weeding Out Process
Just like standardized testing or some college courses, there were plants that just could not make it in our growing conditions.
We planted everything around the end of April, and it has been slow progress compared to growing outside, in the ground. At the moment, the basil and kale plants show promise of a good harvest. This post is dedicated to the basil because it is growing well and we should have high tasting leaves for the fall!
The tomatoes are not fruiting, but we are not giving up! Gardening on our balcony is all a learning experience. We learned that when we feed the plants every two weeks with fertilizer, it perks them up. We use about 1-2 tablespoons per 3 liters. If we use compost, we layer at least 2 inches on top of the soil. Also, maintaining consistent soil moisture is critical. We also make sure to have proper drainage.
The sunlight is our primary problem. However, we bought a reflective film material to direct the available sunlight to the plants. It was very inexpensive. We want to make this work from sowing seeds, but some suitable transplants are looking like a good option right now! Haha!