Growing a Herb Garden on Your Balcony: Essential Tips

Fresh herbs add flavor to everything and smell wonderful in the garden or on the windowsill. Do you want to grow delicious fresh herbs on your balcony but have no idea where to start or don’t have enough space? Here are some tips to help you out!

Dried herbs work well in the kitchen all year round, but they are no match for fresh herbs when it comes to making delicious food. You can always have fresh herbs on your balcony or terrace by planting them in a vegetable garden box, vegetable garden table, vegetable garden rack, or in the open air in your vegetable garden.

Which Herbs Are Recommended for Those Who Don’t Like to Grow Herbs?

Start with winter hardy herbs such as tarragon, chives, thyme, rosemary, sage, and bay leaves. These herbs will last for several years and will add delicious flavor to your homemade dishes both in summer and winter. You may also want to plant seasonal herbs such as parsley, mint, cilantro, and chervil. These are one-season plants and will need to be replanted the following year.

Where Can  You Buy Them?

You can find such plants at garden centers and supermarkets. Perennials are usually sold as potted plants and can be planted immediately. Seasonal herbs can be bought as seeds and planted yourself in pretty pots. Water the herbs only after the soil has dried out. Stop watering as soon as water runs out of the bottom of the pot.

Tip: It is a good idea to put a layer of gravel, sand, or colander at the bottom of the pot or vase. This is important for healthy, productive plants because the plant roots need air. You may also use garden soil to improve drainage of the growing box or growing bed.

Where Is the Best Place for Herbs?

Herbs (tarragon, parsley, chives, chervil, etc.) prefer north-facing locations due to the short daylight hours. Therefore, you can easily place these herbs at the bottom of your vegetable garden table or vegetable stand. Mediterranean plants (thyme, rosemary, sage, laurel, etc.), on the other hand, prefer more sunlight. So, placing them on the upper tier of a raised vegetable garden or vegetable stand will create a beautiful and varied spice rack. It can face east or west. Some herbs will grow on a balcony and some will do well indoors.

Can You Put Mint and Chives Together in a Vegetable Box?

Mint is a powerful and aggressive plant and needs its own pot. Otherwise, its roots could choke other plants. Parsley, chives, tarragon, and cilantro can be planted together in a vegetable garden because they need lots of water. Thyme, rosemary, and sage are more adaptable to dry soils. The advantage of chives, thyme, rosemary, and sage is that they can be used for years.

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Can You Keep Them Outdoors All Year Round?

It depends on the spice. In general, hardy herbaceous plants do well outdoors. Just be sure to protect them when temperatures drop below 5°C (41°F). Annual herbs such as basil will die at the end of the year.

Easy-To-Grow Herbs

  • Basil: You can harvest the first leaves 3 months after sowing, but remember to remove all flower buds. Basil requires regular watering, 3-4 times a week in summer.
  • Dragon: can be harvested in just one month. Be sure to harvest both leaves and stems.
  • Chives: harvested from March to October. Just cut off the lower part with scissors.

What if You Have Limited Space?

Anyone can easily grow herbs on a spice rack.

You want to grow fresh herbs, but you don’t have enough space to create an herb garden on your balcony or in your garden? Then take a look at practical vegetable boxes, vegetable tables, and spice racks.

Let us know if these few tips have helped you in the comments below!

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