Potted Herbs for the Balcony

Updated on February 28, 2011
L.A. asks from Kew Gardens, NY
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I don't have much of a green thumb. Also, our north facing apartment doesn't get much sunlight. We do have some outdoor space in the form of a balcony.

Any tips for potted herbs?
what should we grow? what thrives on neglect? As if NY doesn't get hot and steamy enough, the plants will also be near a window airconditioner which will run for much of the summer.

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answers from Honolulu on


Herbs are easy.
By seed or get starter plants from the store.

Buy potting soil for your pots.
General purpose fertilizer too.

Water, and let dry in between waterings.

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answers from Austin on

chives- their roots are like onions and can survive an occasional dry spell.



answers from Pittsburgh on

What will you use most? For me, that would be basil, oregano and mint. Good luck.



answers from Las Vegas on

You can also try getting an Aerogarden. I've had one for several years and it pretty much takes care of itself.



answers from New York on

Herbs go require sunlight, so you may have some difficulty being on the north side of the building. I've had good luck with basil. Mint and chives are also easy to grow.



answers from New York on

Dill grows like a weed. Really. It gets out of control.

Basil. Keep it watered. Keep it happy.

Mint. Grows like crazy. Loves water.

Thyme. It's still growing on our fire escape now even after being covered in snow. Crazy.

My husband always gets all herb crazy around April or so, but whenever we go to a nursery they tell us we need to wait until May to start planting.


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