Which vessels are suitable for gardening in pots?
Basically, the following applies to pot cultures: the larger a container, the fewer problems the water supply of the plants causes. You can choose standing vessels as large as the space (and the statics) on your balcony allows. On a small balcony, on the other hand, the space can be better used if you also attach planters to the wall and ceiling. Vertical gardening is a trend that has spawned many design ideas for wall planting. There are racks with several levels - the so-called plant stairs - on which you can place the pots to save space. There are also bags made of fleece or plastic that can be attached to the wall or hanging baskets from the ceiling. Planted cans attached to a climbing frame are also original.
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More original planters:
- Wooden and plastic boxes (e.g. fruit or wine boxes)
- Zinc tubs, baby tubs
- Shopping baskets, disused laundry baskets
- Folding boxes
- Plant bags
- Potato or jute sacks
- Wicker baskets
Vegetables and fruits from the balcony garden
Most types of vegetables and fruits can be cultivated in sufficiently large pots or planters, provided the substrate, location and care are right. Use good, peat-free potting soil for annual herbs and vegetables. Perennial herbs and vegetables as well as tree and bush fruits, on the other hand, need a good, clay-rich substrate. Basically, you can grow anything - only large trees and very large vegetables such as artichokes, cardy and Jerusalem artichoke are not suitable. When it comes to fruit, it is best to choose column fruit or berry bushes.
Grow particularly well in bucket culture:
- Chillies and peppers
- various herbs
- Potatoes (in jute sacks)
- Runner beans, French beans
- Leaf salads
- Swiss chard (in boxes or sacks)
- Zucchini (large space requirement!)
- Mushrooms (e.g. mushrooms and oyster mushrooms)
Regardless of which planters you use: Good drainage must always be provided, for example by perforating the ground. So that the draining water does not run onto the balcony of your neighbors living below you (and cause trouble ...), you can also put the bags, boxes and co. In a "cachepot" - for example a waterproof box. But then you should always remove standing water promptly.