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Sunny Balcony An enthusiastic novice's attempt at apartment gardening

#1 User is offline   Natsk 

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Posted 05 February 2015 - 02:24 AM

I decked up the balcony's planter because planting anything was the last thing on my mind when I moved to my current apartment. Then, I got fed up sweeping fallen bamboo leaves from the planters above my floor. And the afternoon sun was bothering me, but installing blinds will cost a small fortune for the rather big balcony....

Solution: if you can't beat them ( the fallen leaves), join them ! :D/>/>
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Posted 05 February 2015 - 02:54 AM

http://i1062.photobucket.com/albums/t496/Carolyn_Sekia_Tan/Balcony/image.jpg6_zpsfmj6axxk.jpg

It's a rather random 'garden' which I am a little shy to say but considering I had once killed a pot of yellow Palm (which I was told need next to no care) , I give myself a little pat on my back :)/>/>

Have to stop myself from buying random plants and definitely looking to the gurus here to improve my 'garden' ...
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Posted 05 February 2015 - 02:57 AM

http://i1062.photobucket.com/albums/t496/Carolyn_Sekia_Tan/image.jpg10_zpsspfu71n6.jpg

Took us 60plus days to see this happen from a seed!
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Posted 05 February 2015 - 02:59 AM

http://i1062.photobucket.com/albums/t496/Carolyn_Sekia_Tan/Choy%20Sum/image.jpg11_zpsz3oti6w6.jpg

Caixin was really crisp ! Kept some to wait for them to bolt and flower but it didn't happen...
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Posted 05 February 2015 - 03:03 AM

http://i1062.photobucket.com/albums/t496/Carolyn_Sekia_Tan/Snap%20Beans/image_zps68b1a601.jpg

Snap beans were amazing climbers. The small trellis I put in didn't do much for them... They went straight for the invisible grilles.

http://i1062.photobucket.com/albums/t496/Carolyn_Sekia_Tan/Snap%20Beans/image_zps1df8cbf8.jpg
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Posted 05 February 2015 - 03:05 AM

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Not enough beans from the 4 plants to feed the entire family of four, so only the kids got to eat these organic produce.
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Posted 05 February 2015 - 03:15 AM

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Okra
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Posted 05 February 2015 - 09:13 AM

Very nice balcony, big and tall and sunny, what's more can one ask for. Even the beans have lots of space to climb, and you can even grow small fruit trees if you want to.
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Posted 05 February 2015 - 09:24 AM

Big balcony garden to start off with for enjoyment yet 'fruitful' one... even the beans enjoy climbing around their playground lol
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Posted 05 February 2015 - 09:47 AM

Wow your balcony is huge! You can expand your addiction by placing more triple layer stands to put more pots. LOL
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Posted 05 February 2015 - 11:03 AM

 Natsk, on 05 February 2015 - 03:03 AM, said:

http://i1062.photobucket.com/albums/t496/Carolyn_Sekia_Tan/Snap%20Beans/image_zps68b1a601.jpg

Snap beans were amazing climbers. The small trellis I put in didn't do much for them... They went straight for the invisible grilles.

http://i1062.photobucket.com/albums/t496/Carolyn_Sekia_Tan/Snap%20Beans/image_zps1df8cbf8.jpg


Hi Natsk,

where did you get this trellis from? I haven't seen it on sale anywhere. Pl share?
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Posted 05 February 2015 - 04:18 PM

Lazearus, those triple layer stands I saw at FEF are sooooo expensive! Cannot convince myself to get one.. The only small plant stand U see in the pic is from IKEA. $15 only , if I didn't remember wrongly. But they discontinued it...

You know where I can get cheap plant shelving? This hobby is addictive indeed!
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Posted 05 February 2015 - 04:36 PM

 Natsk, on 05 February 2015 - 04:18 PM, said:

Lazearus, those triple layer stands I saw at FEF are sooooo expensive! Cannot convince myself to get one.. The only small plant stand U see in the pic is from IKEA. $15 only , if I didn't remember wrongly. But they discontinued it...

You know where I can get cheap plant shelving? This hobby is addictive indeed!


Yeah I know what you mean haha. Those metal frame double-layer ones cost $70 ea. Siao one.
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Posted 05 February 2015 - 04:36 PM

There is really no need to rush this hobby. Afterall, plants must grow at plants' pace. My selection of plants have evolved over the years, and I used to have the same few plants that you have on your right hand corner of your photo. But then I realised that I don't really fancy them that much and is now limiting my selections.

It is a good idea to map your growing space, and know which area gets the best light, and put some of those vegetables that you are growing in those areas. Those shade tolerant plants can go into shady corners. It is also good if you can design your growing space so that the plants can look nice together.

Always retain some spaces so that you can acquire stuff that you fancy. There is a gardeners' day out in hort park this weekend, maybe you can go take a look and see what are some of the stuff there, and which ones will do well in your balcony.
https://www.nparks.g...ers-day-out-feb
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Posted 05 February 2015 - 10:07 PM

Yes, spoken like a pro ! I also realised I have to stop going IKEA and buying random plants. my garden looks too random. But can't bear to give up the plants and most of my peers are not into gardening for various reaons. So no adopters. I am mostly tired of those "starter plants" but they are safe and growing well, so they will stay to remind me of my beginnings :)/>

I have not decided what sort of 'garden' I want . Coming to the forum makes it worse! I want everything I see ! Lol!

But ya, identifying the "hot spots" for the past 6months helps. I know where the sunflowers and vegetables love and to keep the money plant out of the sun to avoid yellow leaves.

Pitcher plants are next on my wish list :D/>
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Posted 05 February 2015 - 10:08 PM

Oh yes, Hort Park is almost at my doorstep so we are gonna drop by on Sunday! This is more exciting than Harrods Sale on Boxing Day for me now !LoL
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Posted 22 March 2015 - 05:57 PM

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Next up is Okras and Bak Choy. This time round I am experimenting with how 'compact' a space the vegetables could make do with. Was told they are a little cramped to be space 10cm apart, but so far, besides drainage problems (when I over water) they seem to be doing ok. Hopefully I will see get to see the okras flower.
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Posted 22 March 2015 - 05:59 PM

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The golden papaya before it suffered from water logging ... It's now down to two leaves and slowly recovering...
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Posted 02 April 2015 - 10:43 AM

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Okras need massive real estate... I hope to see them flower soon and this might be the last time I will plant Okras unless I can get hold of s dwarf variety...
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