10 BEST WINTER PLANTS AND VEGETABLES FOR YOUR BALCONY
May 10, 2023
It must be nice to look out your window and see all of your colorful plants beginning to bloom. There’s no reason to put away your gardening tools just because winter has arrived. To help you revamp the look of your balcony, here is a list of winter plants that can live through the winter months.
Winter Plant Fenugreek:
Not only does this easy-to-grow herb create an attractive addition to the garden, but it also has medical value, qualities that develop soil, and a flavor that is rich. Because of all of these benefits, you won’t want to pass up the opportunity to dig into this herb. When compared to other types of gardening, growing fenugreek (also known as methi) is the most satisfying since it matures so rapidly, with the entire process taking as little as 30 days from seed to harvest.
Winter Plant Chilli:
The plants used to make chilli peppers and paprika are frequently the favorites of gardeners. There is no justification for not cultivating chilies if you do not have a garden. They merely have a marginally smaller amount of available space. You gravitate towards the smaller types of chilli peppers for this reason. For a minimum of five hours every day, chilli plants should be placed in direct sunshine. Following the fertilization of the chilli blossoms, it takes around three months before the crop can be harvested.
Winter Plant Tomato:
There is a good chance that gardeners’ all-time favorite vegetable is the tomato. There are a large number of different kinds of tomatoes that you can cultivate, some of which come from very far away. Due to the fact that they can be cultivated in containers as small as 7-8 liters, cherry tomatoes are an excellent addition to any garden. When you try the tomatoes that you’ve grown yourself using organic methods, I bet you won’t ever want to buy tomatoes from the store again. The satisfaction that comes from cultivating this colorful and flavorful vegetable is beyond measure.
Winter Plant Small onions:
Growing small onions at home is something that a lot of people would like doing. You can cultivate small onions at home if you use containers or pots for their growing environment. These require a dry and cool climate free of any humidity and rain. Therefore, winter is the optimal and most successful period to cultivate onions. It is possible to cultivate the bulb in the container; however, you will need to ensure that the soil is rich and porous so that you can cultivate small onions.
Winter Plant Spinach:
After being picked, spinach quickly depletes its stores of beneficial nutrients. In point of fact, after only 24 hours, certain varieties of spinach have lost more than 90 percent of their nutrients. Therefore, eating store-bought spinach, which travels at least three days from the farm to your dinner table, is completely counterproductive in terms of the number of nutrients you absorb from the food. As a result, you should plant spinach in your garden and consume the leaves as soon after harvest as you can. In addition to this, it is among the easiest things that you can cultivate.
Simply plant the seeds and keep them moist. Spinach can be easily grown in pots, which is about as easy as gardening gets. Additionally, they can be cultivated even in a relatively shallow container. For this reason, spinach is one of the top ten vegetables that I recommend growing in containers during the Indian winter.
Winter Plant Radish:
Nothing compares to garden-fresh radish that has been seasoned with salt and chilli powder. Aside from flavor, this root vegetable is very easy to grow because it takes so little time from germination to harvest. Your radish could be ready to harvest in anywhere from 30 to 50 days, depending on the type.
Winter Plant Carrots:
Growing carrots requires a significant investment of time. It is possible that it will take one hundred days from the day of germination for the Winter plant to be ready to be harvested. However, despite this, it is still included on the list of vegetables that can be grown in pots during the winter. This is due to the fact that it can be used as a companion plant for many other vegetables, such as tomatoes. In addition to this, it does not really take up a lot of space on its own. You can harvest more than a kilo’s worth of carrots in an area that is only three square feet in size.
Winter Plant Cauliflower and Cabbage:
When contemplating the cultivation of vegetables in containers, rooting structure should be one of your primary considerations when selecting the vegetables to grow. Container gardening works really well with vegetables that have shallow root systems. Vegetables with shallow root systems and early harvest times include cauliflower and cabbage. In addition, during the course of a single winter season, it is possible to complete at least two crop cycles. Because of this, you should consider planting them in your kitchen garden during the winter months.
Winter Plant Microgreens and herbs:
Although the idea of eating microgreens is still relatively novel in India, the country is quickly becoming more open to the practice. They are basically immature green saplings of different Winter plant varieties that are harvested within a month of the seeds being germinated. They are harvested by cutting them off at the base of the plant and are consumed raw for the most part. In addition to enhancing the flavor, texture, and appearance of the foods you prepare, they are an excellent source of nutrition.
You will need to cultivate these at home because they must also be consumed while they are still fresh. You can start your own crop of microgreens from a variety of seeds, including lettuce, spinach, mustard, fenugreek, radish, beetroot, kale, coriander, and so on. Planting herbs such as coriander, mint, and basil during the winter is the ideal time to do so. If your windowsill receives at least three to four hours of sunlight per day, you should be able to cultivate microgreens and herbs there. This is one of the best features of these Winter plant types.
Winter Plant Ginger:
Ginger is not typically considered one of the winter Plant vegetables that can be grown successfully in containers in India. But if you are pressed for time and can’t give your plants the attention they need on a consistent basis, this is without a doubt one of the best things you can plant. Late in the winter, when the ginger pods begin to show signs of sprouting, is when you should plant them. After they have been planted, you can literally forget about them with the exception of giving them an occasional drink of water when the soil becomes dry.
When Winter planting ginger, you will need a container that has a depth of at least one foot. However, once they have been planted, they tend to themselves and require very little assistance from the owner. They are ready to be harvested after a period of six to eight months, and you will be surprised at the quantity of ginger that can be obtained from a container planting.
These were some of the plants and vegetables that one can grow right on their balconies in the winter season.
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