Many dream of their own herb garden on the balcony – here are the tips.
– The ideal location: Not too hot and not too windy. Best with morning sun.
– Herbs love warmth, but some prefer dry (rosemary, thyme, sage, lemon verbena, lavender), others moist (basil, marjoram, chives, parsley).
– It is worth buying good soil so that it does not have to be changed every year. The soil for herbs must be well permeable to water. You can mix the purchased soil with sand in a ratio of 1:1.
– Whether clay, ceramics, plastic or metal: the ideal vessel does not exist. Because plants in larger containers have to be watered less often, the following applies: the larger the container, the better. Large, empty cans or wooden boxes are also well suited.
– Protect biennial and perennial wintering herbs from frost and wind. Also water occasionally in winter, especially towards spring, so that the plants do not wither.
Book tips for the herb garden
– Andrea Heistinger, Noah’s Ark: Handbook Organic Balcony Garden. Harvest vegetables, fruit and herbs in a small area. Verlag Ulmer, ca. 40 Fr.: Basic knowledge with many tips for experience.