Gardening Without A Garden – 10 Ideas For Your Patio or Balcony

We all know the importance of growing our own food. Whether we are preparing our food to avoid the chemicals that are in commercially grown products, or if we are preserving them for future uncertainties. Fresh food is a necessity.

Many people believe if they do not have a yard to plant vegetables in, there is no way to grow enough to feed our families and prepare for another day. In fact, there are many vegetables that will grow well in patio pots and produce a good harvest.

In this post, we will give you an idea of vegetables to plant that is easy to grow, healthy to eat and may surprise you on what they can do. Our seed products are designed to grow well in confined areas. They can be ordered online and you know you are getting fresh seeds from industry leaders.

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What to plant

  • Lettuce
    • Lettuce has only 1 calorie per leaf and almost no nutritional value, so why would we include it? Lettuce has a high water count. Eating lettuce with other foods will help you stay hydrated. This is especially important when water is limited.
    • Lettuce is filling. By eating leafy lettuce with your smaller portions, you will be able to fill your stomach and be satisfied with less food. It gives you time to adjust to your new calorie count.
  • Tomatoes
    • There are many varieties of tomatoes. Your expert seed vendor will help you select a medium to small variety.
    • Tomatoes are heavy producers. You will harvest them many times over, as you use them. If you grow too many use them to make your own tomato-based sauces and soups.
  • Chili Peppers
    • While you should not dedicate much space on your patio for this plant, it is well worth a tiny pot in the corner. The reason is that you cannot eat a large amount of peppers on a daily basis. When you do use them, they add a kick to foods that may bore you.
    • Peppers are high in Vitamin C and a wide variety of Vitamin B’s
Vegetables
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  • Spinach
    • Like lettuce, spinach has a 92% water content. But spinach is loaded with vitamins, minerals, and iron. Spinach helps red blood cells stay healthy so they can transport oxygen to the body.
    • Spinach is easy to grow and you will reap a good harvest. Use smaller leaves in salads and larger leaves in your favorite Italian dishes. It does not need direct sun to grow.
  • Pole Beans
    • Pole beans grow up instead of out. You will need a 10” pot and as the name implies, poles allowing the vines to grow up. This is a plant that is harvested over and over again. Pick them for meals or canning and keep picking them. This plant is a life saver.
  • Radishes
    • Radishes are fast growers and they produce a lot. You should plant them in 8” pot. Place them 3” apart. Cool weather will not bother them. Just keep them moist so the roots will not dry out.
  • Carrots
  • These plants will grow well in 8” pots. They are virtually maintenance free. Just keep the soil moist so the roots do not dry out.
  • Zucchini
  • This is a squash that is tasty and versatile. It grows well in the cooler temps and it has a light, spring veggie taste. You will get a big harvest from this plant and you will find dozens of ways to use it.
  • Dwarf Peas
  • Plant these peas near the wall. This is another plant grows up, not out. Use a strong trellis to allow the peas to climb. Dwarf Peas like sunshine. This is a good source of protein and a very nutritious plant.
  • Mustard Greens
  • Mustard greens grow well in the summer months. They can be eaten in salads or cooked with seasonings as a side dish. When other plants have given up to the summer sun, Mustard Greens will push on. They are plentiful and tasty.

This is just a small portion of the vegetables that you can grow on your patio, balcony, or porch. Don’t forget to grow some herbs in the kitchen window. They season your food and have some very good medicinal purposes. So, order your seeds today and get started. It is never too soon to be prepared.

Ashley Lipman

Author Bio: Ashley is an award-winning writer who discovered her passion in providing creative solutions for building brands online. Since her first high school award in Creative Writing, she continues to deliver awesome content through various niches.

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