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Crops for a Windy Balcony or Roof

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Container garden on balconyTo grow vegetables and fruits on a windy balcony or roof terrace choose low-lying crops. Choose a large container but keep the soil level fairly low so that the container provides some protection to the plant. Add a thick layer of mulch—compost, planting mix, or straw—to protect the soil against the drying effects of wind. Where possible, set your containers close to a wall and out of the wind or use woven bamboo or reed fencing screens or trellises to mute the wind.


Vegetables for a Windy Balcony or Roof:

  • Arugula
  • Bok choy
  • Bush and Runner Beans
  • Carrots
  • Chard
  • Garlic
  • Kale
  • Leeks
  • Lettuce
  • Potatoes
  • Radishes
  • Scallions


Herbs for a Windy Balcony or Roof:

  • Bay
  • Chives
  • Oregano
  • Parsley
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Thyme


Fruits for a Windy Balcony or Roof:

  • Blueberries
  • Gooseberries
  • Red currants
  • Raspberries
  • Strawberries



Written by Stephen Albert

Stephen Albert is a horticulturist, master gardener, and certified nurseryman who has taught at the University of California for more than 25 years. He holds graduate degrees from the University of California and the University of Iowa. His books include Vegetable Garden Grower’s Guide, Vegetable Garden Almanac & Planner, Tomato Grower’s Answer Book, and Kitchen Garden Grower’s Guide. His Vegetable Garden Grower’s Masterclass is available online. has more than 10 million visitors each year.

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