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Help a novice with a north facing balcony!!


 
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John77
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PostPosted: Sat May 24, 2014 10:54 am    Post subject: Help a novice with a north facing balcony!! Reply with quote

Hello,

I've moved into a new apartment with a sizaeable balcony . Unfortunately it is north facing (but quite sheltered).

Are there any vegetable , herbs or fruits which I can grow successfully here?

Is it too late in the growing season to begin?

Any advice appreciated. Thanks
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PostPosted: Sat May 24, 2014 11:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

sometimes this north south direction re growing plants can be a bit over done, if you only needed a certain direction in which we receive light we would all have starved by now, It has not been over warm anyway so start growing what ever you want now in pots Carrots, Parsnips, Spuds etc. i f the worse came to the worse you could put in some surplus lighting or should that be supplementary any way you get the drift.
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PostPosted: Sat May 24, 2014 1:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you are facing precisely north, don't forget that for half of the year you will get early morning and late evening sun angling in to the balcony.....now that will be at quite a low angle, so as long as your balcony is surrounded by railings/glass rather than a solid wall, you will still probably get a bit more sunlight than you think.
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PostPosted: Mon May 26, 2014 11:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Buy some baby plants in modules, plant them in grow bags or containers and see what works. Some of the salads don't need much sun. Mint and marjoram grow quite well in shady situations though they will need some sun.
Good luck.
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