Source - Where does my food come from?
I will have a 10 metre x 2 metre balcony when I get to Sweden... That's around 30 feet x 6 feet. I have already visualised the summer garden on my balcony. Everything that naturally grows upwards (climbers) will be given maximal opportunity to do so. Somewhat shorter crops such as cherry tomatoes, kale, spinach, silverbeet, beetroot, rhubarb, herbs, zucchini, capsicum, eggplants, lilies - onion family including leeks and spring onions, carrots of various colors, and berries will be grown closest to the railings and up against the wall of the apartment on shelves of different depths. I will probably use metal garage-type shelving against the wall so I can "stack" as much food as possible vertically.
Seriously climbing plants will likely be given space in the middle of the balcony. There is space enough (2 metres wide) on my new balcony to grow 3 rows of food. Each large square pot (approx. 50cm x 50cm) in the middle row will …
This photo was taken on June 10, 2017 at 2:40pm local Swedish time. Beautiful.
As you can see, the balcony is south-facing so it gets a fair amount of sunshine, even in the summer when the sun spends a lot of time to the North. In the equinox seasons, the sun will be almost continuous as it gets lower and lower in the sky to the south. The total area of the balcony is 2 metres wide by 10 metres long. There is a conservatory area of 5m long (furtherest from us) and a completely outdoor area of 5m long (nearest us). As you can see, the old single-glaze windows in the conservatory have recently been removed and nice thick panels of ceiling to floor glass are being installed. The panels are on tracks and can either be closed firmly shut, or pushed back against the wall as you see in this photo. This means that the conservatory can either be completely enclosed, or completely open - or partially, according to the weather.
I plan on putting a "day bed" in the conservatory to re…