Balcony Herbs

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Growing our favorite herbs

I grew up surrounded by plants and trees, most especially tropical fruit trees which I truly love. Talk about papaya, soursop, avocado, coconut and banana. There are pineapples, mangoes, starfruits and a lot more though I may have forgotten what they are exactly called. Now living in a city, in an apartment high above the ground, there’s just no way that I’d be able to have any tree at all. The most I can plant to have some greenery around our simple abode are ornamental plants and to make things smell sweeter, herbs and some smaller vegetables.

There may be not much space in our balcony but with careful and calculated spacing, we’re able to have basil for spaghetti, dill for our fish dishes, parsley for carbonara and potatoes, thyme, oregano, capsicum and if they thrive; bell peppers, carrots and cucumber too. Oh, we also have grapes planted at a corner.

Planting herbs is not only beneficial in that sense. They also beautify one’s home and at times repel certain insects. Lemongrass and basil for example makes mosquitoes go away. Lavender, though rarely used for cooking, repel moths and fleas. Mice hate mint which smells really good. Sweet Woodruff or Potpourri plant as I call it deters moth, carpet beetles and at times, ants.

As if that’s not enough, these mini-plants are still beneficial even if you don’t need them The discarded parts are good as compost.

Plants, Planters, Pots

I’ve been thinking of removing the big palm tree in our living room as it has withered slowly these past months. My guess was, the pot isn’t big enough to contain the growing roots, or maybe I just got a black thumb.

Besides, I could actually use new decorative containers (planters) that complements our red walls.

I thought of visiting the nearest garden/interior supplies outlet to look for plants and planters alike, but because they are closed this holiday season I ended up looking online for planters. Planterixchange.com was my first stop, a detailed website of both decorative outdoor planters as well as indoor designer pots.

The site listed a detailed category of all planters by size, shape, color, material and those that would certainly fit your budget.
Then in case you decide to order bulk (perhaps as gifts for your neighbors), they will ship them to you without hassle. Be sure to read the contents of the FAQ page for details and promos…especially if you’re not from the U.S. like me.
Still, while browsing I got interested with their lovely display of window box planters. I really like those plants hanging by my neighbor’s window, that I took a photo once (see there, pelargonias are planted).

The website lists some accessories too like plant stands, (stainless steel) watering cans and sprayers.

Definitely your one-stop shop for garden stuff…you can order online anytime.