Just because you’ve only got a balcony, doesn’t mean you can’t grow your own food. Don showed how to grow your own balcony tomatoes & herbs.
- Make sure you have a spot on your balcony that gets full sun for at least six hours a day. A north-facing balcony is ideal.
- Choose a light-weight pot. Don used a plastic, terracotta-coloured pot; that is at least 50cm in diameter. No smaller.
- Select a bush tomato. A bush tomato is a smaller, shrubby variety that does not require staking or support. There are several types of tomatoes available that are marketed as being perfect for patios or pots. The cherry, or grape-sized tomatoes are generally easier to grow & yield more fruit.
- Plant one (no more) bush tomato in the centre of your pot.
- You can also place a few herbs around the edges of your pot. Don chose basil, chives & thyme -perfect balcony BBQ companions!
- Water the plants in immediately & well. Follow the directions on the label for fertilizing your tomatoes. Fertilizing is pivotal to get good results.
- Remember plants in pots on sunny balconies dry out quickly so regular watering is essential