Although I’ve been lusting to start a balcony garden all winter, I’ve had to wait for it to warm up. Our trip out of town further delayed the project.
But this weekend, Seth and Lael helped me plant our seeds (despite ongoing pain). I am amazed how excited the kids were about the whole thing. Even though Seth didn’t like getting his hands dirty – sigh, I’m raising neurotic city kids – he loved moving the soil around with a shovel, watering the pots and adding the seeds.
I chose seeds over seedlings for two reasons:
- I want my kids to see how plants grow from start to finish.
- Because we’re facing the lake and on the 15th floor, we get a lot of strong wind. Mix bouts of cold, harsh weather, and hardening seedlings would seem likely to fail.
Our little garden is pretty much an experiment in several other ways: We over-seeded the planters, mixing complementary big and small plants in one container. And we are growing things that simply may not like being in pots.
Here’s what we’re trying:
- Ornamental sunflowers
- Mescaline salad greens
- Purple beans
- Peppers – we harvested the seeds from real peppers at Seth’s request a few months ago
Sadly, we have a lot of leftover seeds because we have so little space and so few planters.
Even if we don’t get substantial food, it’ll be worth it to see what happens. At least we’re so high up that we don’t have to worry much about too many bugs – other than spiders. I think.
And while our garden is smaller and our conditions more harsh than Philip’s, at least I can say that at 15 stories high, we have the official “sky garden.”