If you live in a big city, you may not have room for traditional outdoor gardens. But you can still grow your own vegetables on your balcony — especially if you know what to plant and how to take care of them. We’ve compiled this list of 10 super-cool vegetables that are perfect for small spaces:
Tomatoes are one of the most popular vegetables grown on balconies. Growing them in a pot is easy and they can be used as a centerpiece on your balcony, like an art piece.
If you want to grow tomatoes in a hanging basket, you should choose smaller varieties such as cherry tomatoes or grape tomatoes. A good variety for pots is ‘Early Girl’. You can also grow cherry tomatoes in pots too!
Tomatoes are surprisingly easy to care for when planted indoors. They need about six hours of sunlight per day to produce fruit, so make sure that your plants get enough light before planting them outdoors during warmer months (if possible).
If you want to grow cucumbers, start by choosing a large container. Remember that cucumbers can grow quite tall and need space for their vines to spread out. If your balcony is not very big, choose a smaller variety of cucumber such as ‘Salad Bush’ or ‘Boothby’s Blonde’.
Cucumbers are best grown in full sun and do well in containers with good drainage. They also do well in partial shade if that’s all the space you have to offer them!
Peppers are a great vegetable to grow on your balcony. They are easy to grow, and they can be harvested in as little as 45 days. Peppers are also loaded with nutrients, including vitamin C (which helps protect against colds and flu), vitamin A (which helps maintain healthy eyesight), vitamin B6 (helps maintain a healthy nervous system), and vitamin E (helps prevent cardiovascular disease).
- Bell peppers
- Sweet peppers
- Hot peppers
- How to grow squash: Squash are easy-to-grow vegetables that can be planted in spring or summer. They should be harvested when they’re still young, so plant them early and make sure you don’t let them get too big.
- How to harvest squash: Harvesting is pretty straightforward — just cut the fruit off the vine with a sharp knife. If necessary, you can also gently pull it away from the vine using your hands (or pruning shears), but avoid pulling on any stems if possible since this could damage them beyond repair.
- Storing squash: To store your fresh squash, place it in a brown paper bag with holes poked in it for ventilation — this will help prevent rot from developing inside of your storage container. You should also keep each variety separate because some varieties are more susceptible than others when exposed together over long periods of time (this is especially true with winter varieties).
Beans are an easy vegetable to grow, and they’re quite versatile. You can eat them fresh, cook them dried, or sprout them for a crunchy snack. Beans are also a great source of protein, fiber, iron and calcium. You can use your own home-grown beans to make healthy dishes like black bean soup or hummus for dipping!
Carrots are a root vegetable, which means they grow underground. If you’re looking for some cool-season crops like carrots to plant in your garden this summer, keep reading!
Carrots are best grown in containers or raised beds. They can also be grown in the ground if the soil is loose and well drained. Carrots need full sun but can tolerate partial shade as well.
Lettuce, like other cool season crops, has a short growing season. This means that it will only grow during the spring and fall months. It’s important to note that lettuce grows best in cool weather and can tolerate some frost because it’s not very sensitive to cold temperatures. Since they grow quickly and are easy to care for, they make a great vegetable to start with when you want something more than just herbs in your garden!
They tend to be tolerant of the conditions found on balconies: plenty of sun but not much space — Lettuce thrives without much elbow room! Lettuce also has many nutritional benefits including vitamin A (important for vision), C (helps fight off infection) K and folate (helps produce red blood cells). Additionally it contains iron which helps carry oxygen around our bodies as well as selenium which is an antioxidant that protects our cells from damage caused by free radicals produced by UV rays or cigarette smoke among other things
Radishes are a good choice for your balcony garden because they can be grown in containers and will thrive in the small space you have available. They grow quickly, so you’ll have fresh vegetables to add to your salad within weeks of planting them. Radishes are also a great source of vitamin C and calcium, as well as iron—all nutrients that protect against heart disease, cancer and osteoporosis.
In addition to these health benefits, radishes offer an array of culinary possibilities: they can be eaten raw or cooked (grilled radishes make a delicious side dish), added to soups or stews or used as an ingredient in pestos or relishes (you can even grow them vertically).
Spinach is a cool season vegetable that has been cultivated for more than 2,000 years. This leafy green plant produces a large amount of leaves in a short amount of time and can be harvested twice a year. It’s easy to grow, but you might want to start with some baby spinach from your local nursery because it will take up more space than most other vegetables on this list.
Spinach contains iron, potassium and vitamin A, making it beneficial for your health as well as delicious! If you have any concerns about your iron intake or if you experience fatigue throughout the day or night, spinach may be something worth trying out. Spinach also provides vitamin C along with folic acid (vitamin B9), both important for improving overall health and reducing the risk of stroke or heart disease by reducing homocysteine levels in the blood stream which then reduces plaque build up inside arteries over time.*
Onions are a staple vegetable in many kitchens. They’re an excellent source of vitamin C and other nutrients, they contain antioxidants that help to prevent cancer and heart disease, and they are low in calories. Onions also have anti-inflammatory properties that can help ease inflammation caused by arthritis or asthma, according to the American Lung Association.
Grow onions from seedlings indoors before transplanting them into your garden outside when temperatures warm up—this will give you a longer harvest period during warmer months (or even year-round if you live somewhere with mild winters). Growing from seedlings is also easier than starting from seeds because it doesn’t require as much preparation beforehand—just stick the onion bulb into potting soil or planting medium and let nature take its course!
You can grow more than herbs on your balcony.
You can grow more than herbs on your balcony. Not only that, but vegetables are good for you, the planet and your budget, as well as being good for your health and taste buds.
Here’s a list of some of the best vegetables to grow in containers:
I hope that you enjoyed this list of 10 cool vegetables for your balcony garden. If you want to learn more about growing these plants, or any other flower or vegetable, check out our other blog posts on the subject!