Q&A: how do i start to grow my own food, when i live in an apartment with a balcony in new york city?

Question by …… ∩ ƒΘЯML3ss ∩ …………: how do i start to grow my own food, when i live in an apartment with a balcony in new york city?
im tired fo buuying foods that have preservatives etc so i would liek to start making as much of the food i like to eat, myself (growing it!!!), as i am able to. where do i start?

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Answer by grummpy
tomatos, potatos, peppers, strawberrys can all be grown in planters. herbs in planters or window ledge boxs. is it possible for you to put planters on the rooftop..you could ask.

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  1. Basil is very easy to grow. Then make pesto and freeze it in small portions for use in sauces, pastas etc…Tomatoes onions radishes salad green should all be easy and relatively fast growing. Start small and be patient. You should be able to find organic groceries in the interim, too, for what you can’t grow.

  2. If space is a problem, there are several unique solutions. Many garden vendors sell long, narrow planting bags that can be hung over balconies or fences. These bags are filled with soil and have many ‘pockets’ . A large amount of strawberries, lettuce, or other smaller vegetables can be grown vertically in a very small amount of space.

    Another space-saving option is hanging baskets. Many smaller tomato varieties do well in hanging baskets. There are a few vendors who sell baskets that where the tomato can be grown both on the top and the bottom (upside down). This allows two plants per hanging basket. A friend of ours had an amazing amount of cherry tomatoes from one of these single hanging baskets. It is rather odd seeing a tomato grow upside down, but the tomato didn’t seem to mind.

  3. Check out the website http://www.squarefootgardening.com and/or the book All-New Square Foot Gardening. You will find methods of growing almost anywhere. There is also a forum on the website where you can ask questions.
    Notice how much sunlight your balcony gets and what times of day.
    Some edibles prefer lots of sun (generally the fruiting ones such as tomatoes, peppers, squash, cucumbers, melons and also herbs such as oregano, thyme, and basil). Others prefer less sun and heat – most of the leafy types including lettuce, spinach, cabbage, broccoli, plus peas, parsley, mint, and chives. You could probably plant the second group now but the ones that prefer sun cannot be planted outside until danger of frost is past.
    You would probably be safe planting your sun/heat loving edibles outdoors after May 8.

  4. choose what you’d like to grow, buy seeds, a seed starting kit, potting soil, and some flower pots of varying sizes. this will get you started. consider how much space you have and how large the plants will become, this will help decide quantities to grow. don’t worry about running out of room, if you under estimate your space, just give some away!! as things progress you can add different styles of planters that fit your space. very basic help here, but you’ll learn plenty along the way!