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2015 Balcony Crop

Which cob is suitable for my 100 meter diet?
Which cob is suitable for my 10 meter diet? Which one is from the store?

Our 2015 balcony crop is coming in.

  • Our strawberry plants have yielded a couple of mediocre berries every day
  • The verdict is out on our first broccoli plants. They do not resemble what we get from the grocery store
  • Cherry tomato yields are good (production is exceeding consumption)
  • Carrots are tasty, but small
  • All flowers are beautiful
  • Pole beans are excellent
  • Chives are excellent
  • We added a third pot of sweet corn. In spite of our late start, it looks like yields have increased and quality is good.

Growing Popping Corn on a Balcony

The apartment we live in faces east, and in the morning, we get a lot of sun.  This year, I thought, wouldn’t it be cool to have a little natural shade?  As corn grows tall, it seemed like a good candidate.

We successfully grew 8 popping corn plants in two large pots.  It was pretty easy – plant the seeds, water daily, fertilize.  This was not organic corn.  The plants did grow tall, but 8 was not enough to provide us with any significant natural shade.

Popcorn, ready to harvest
Popcorn, ready to harvest

This year, we also grew pole beans, carrots, tomatoes, sun flowers and some other potted flowers.  It was a pretty good reminder of how dependant we are on big agriculture, farms, transportation systems, food terminals, and grocery stores to economically feed ourselves.  Given the start up costs of the containers and soil, these were not economically viable crops – it was vastly more expensive to grow than to buy.

Would your condo board allow this garden?
Would your condo board allow this garden?

The corn did pop.  We’ll likely do this again next year.