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Crops for a Windy Balcony or Roof

Container garden on balcony

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




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