When I was growing up, my parents had a vegetable garden behind our house and a flower bed out front. I remember helping my dad here and there, but I never took an active interest in gardening. My first condo didn’t have a balcony, and I was convinced my cats would eat any plants I might try to grow so for many years, my green thumb lay dormant.
I moved into my boyfriend’s condo last year and for the first time I had a balcony. I never thought much of it until I went with my friend to the local garden center one day and decided to try growing some herbs.
I was proud of my little herb garden and found it so relaxing to be outside potting my plants. I checked on them obsessively every day, finding such satisfaction in watching them flourish and grow.
I became just as excited to go to the garden center as I was about grocery shopping. I hit up garden centers, markets even a church plant sale in search of interesting plants to fill my balcony. I kept an eye out for pretty plant pots and started thinking about the decor scheme of my little garden. To add some different levels to my garden, I even took some old furniture and repainted them. Every morning I would spend time out on the balcony, watering, pruning and harvesting my plants. The plants and herbs grew and prospered, I was amazed at what I had grown. I even grew some (tiny) strawberries!
This was my final balcony garden project:
My final garden line up: ivy, Blazin’ Rose, Dusty Miller, strawberries, oregano, basil, mint, parsley, lemongrass, cilantro, Sedum Dragon’s Blood, Jurassics, Wizard mix, periwinkle and an aloe.