EDIBLE BALCONY GARDEN (click to open .pdf)
 
These are a few brief comments on the elements required to put together an edible garden in a small area, either a balcony, small courtyard or small front yard.
The photos are from the Balcony Garden display in the Giant Kitchen Garden at the Qld Garden Expo, Nambour held on 6-8 July 2012.
The balcony garden included all the relevant elements and looked beautiful as well.

 
EDIBLES
 Vegetables such as lettuce, Asian greens, tomatoes, beans, and even fruit trees.
HERBS AND FLOWERS
Edible, used for decoration, presentation in food, and attract insects to help with pest control.
NATIVES (including bush tucker plants)
 Edible, or for use with pest control or as mulch. Tall enough can provide shade.
WATER FEATURE
 Attracts frogs, lizards, dragonflies and birds, which help with pest control.
 A deeper pot can be used to grow foods such as water chestnuts or watercress.
 Or a deep fish pond to help control insects and provide nutrient rich water for plants.
COMPOST SYSTEM
 A WORM FARM recycles waste and is used to help build better soil. Worm farms provide
worm castings and liquid worm castings, which are used as fertiliser.
 Or use a BOKASHI BIN for kitchen scraps, which can then help build better soil.
MULCH
 Grow Lemongrass, Vetiver grass, Lucerne, etc.
 Edible or medicinal uses, some used for herbal teas, or bedding for animals, eg insect
repelling roots of vetiver.
 Can be cut, hung up and used for mulch to protect the soil from erosion and evaporation,
helps build better soil and helps provide habitat for insects and microbes.
GREEN MANURE
 Grown between harvest and the next planting and returned back to the soil.
 Grow legumes, as nitrogen fixers in the soil, together with grains or grasses.
VERTICAL PLANTING
 Maximises the growing area of your small space.
 Use a trellis, hanging baskets, tipi’s made of bamboo.
 Grow climbing edible plants such as beans and cherry tomatoes.
POLLINATION
Native stingless bees can live on the balcony with you.