Starting a Frugal Balcony Garden

For the past 6 years I’ve been living in apartments. Until now, I’ve only tried to garden a few flowering plants- but not consumable ones. I’ve recently learned how easy it is to get a reasonable harvest of veggies and herbs on a windowsill or porch. It will be important for me to learn how to produce my own food for two reasons:

  1. To Save Money (now and later)
  2. Learning New Life Skills and creating the opportunity for Sustainability

Gardening is key to sustainability. It’s a venture I’ve never tried before. I don’t have much space, but could still potentially  grow a variety of veggies, herbs, and fruits on my 3rd floor porch. It’s early springtime, so this is a great time to start. I have a few plastic pots, but a may build a window box like this simple one at hgtv. I also may be extra frugal and recycle 32-128 oz aluminum cans as planting pots. A major disadvantage is my production will be limited due to the size of my porch.

A major advantage, however, is after some initial setup costs (~ $100 for dirt, seeds, and pots) everything I do will be more or less free. The seeds will last a very long time as there will be hundreds. Buying hundreds more will only cost a few dollars. There may be some fertilizer costs along the way that I need to add into the total costs of my garden. On the whole, I expect it will save me tons of money in the long run.

I am going to grow (links to seeds in titles) and perhaps some herbs:

  • Tomatoes
    • Tomatoes are awesome! I use them for all sorts foods and sauces I make at home.
  • Chilies (Hot Peppers) and regular Peppers
    • Peppers are excellent because when diced and saute’d, they can add a ton of flavour as well as a satisfying crunch. Chile and other hot peppers bring in the spice. >:)
  • Onions
    • I use onions is pretty much every thing I cook, I think I will prioritize this!
  • Potatoes
    • Hearty and filling- a staple crop! This may be best to grow in the less sunny months. It’s also super cheap to grow!
  • Spinach
    • Spinach is awesome lettuce. It has everything lettuce has plus way more nutrients. It’s expensive to buy, but cheap to grow!
  • StrawberriesBlackberries, Raspberries, and Blueberries 
    • Berries are much more expensive compared to veggies and other fruits…. but they are also more expensive to buy. In the long run,  it will still be far cheaper. And I can make a ton of smoothies.

If the weather is good, I will start this weekend! Wish me luck!

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