Growing fresh greens on the balcony: harvest after just three weeks

By Andrii MaistrenkoJun 13, 2024 09:08 AMGarden
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Growing fresh greens on the balcony. Source: www.lovethegarden.com

With the arrival of spring, it's time to start your gardening work, even if the ground isn't quite ready yet. Fortunately, your balcony can serve as a mini-greenhouse for growing greens until they are ready to be transplanted. SSPDaily told you about the plants that you can sow and harvest in 18-20 days.

Radish

Radish seeds are resistant to low temperatures and germinate at a temperature of +3 degrees Celsius. In case of unexpected frosts, you can easily bring the seedlings indoors.

To get started, use a tray (600x600 mm, at least 50 mm deep) with drainage holes to drain excess water. Pre-soak the seeds in warm water for 20-30 minutes, and then plant them to a depth of 10-15 mm. Moisten the soil thoroughly and cover it with a transparent film for the germination period.

Dill

This versatile plant thrives with regular watering and adequate light. Soak the dill seeds in water or a manganese solution, and then dry them before sowing to a depth of 1 cm. Sprouts should appear within 5-10 days.

Parsley

Another option that is ideal for growing on the balcony. For a harvest throughout the spring, sow parsley seeds every 2-3 weeks.

Soak the seeds in a manganese solution for 24 hours, then germinate them in a moistened gauze or paper towel on a warm radiator. Plant the seeds to a depth of 1 cm at intervals of 5-10 cm.

Celery

To improve germination, pre-germinate the seeds inside before sowing. Celery seedlings are quite hardy and can tolerate slight temperature drops below freezing point. Remember to ensure proper drainage in the planting container, as the roots do not like excess moisture.

Green onions

Sow green onions and you will see the first sprouts in three weeks. Plant the seeds to a depth of 1-1.5 cm, keeping a distance of 5 cm. Keep the container indoors until the sprouts appear.

Water the onions when the top layer of soil dries up and consider using fertilizer according to the instructions. In May, transplant the seedlings into the ground for further growth and cultivation.

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