To make sure that your tomatoes are large enough to start the season, they first have to be cultivated on the windowsill from mid-March. Use small pots, fill in soil and press the seeds approximately 0.5 cm under the soil. Keep the soil moist and cover the pot with a plastic wrap to keep a temperature of around 20C. Press the tomato stakes/climbing supports before you dibble the plant, so that you do not injure the rhizome. In mid-May you can put the planter on the balcony. Mix soil with compost or tomato-fertilizer to give the seedlings sufficient nutrients. The tomato plants need a sunny place which is not exposed to rain but also be sure to water the plants regularly. In order to know when harvesting time will come, check the seeds packaging as this depends on the variety.
Radishes in the vegetable box
In mid-March you can sow the radish seeds into planting boxes. Give a minimum of 5cm clearance between the seeds. For radishes, you do not have to cultivate little plants from the seeds. The germination time of the seeds is about 6-14 days. Place the box in a sunny to slightly shaded place. Water the plant frequently so that the plant does not dry out. After approximately 4 weeks you can pick the first radishes and if you continue to sow seeds, you can harvest fresh radishes throughout the whole summer.
Parsley needs a nutritious and permeable soil, planted in a half-shaded place. Normally, you sow the seeds at the end of February until March or later in July/August. First, soak the seeds in water overnight. Then, put the seeds in a low plant bag and heap them up with soil. Water the plants several times a day. After approximately three months you can pick the parsley as needed.
Which plants are also suitable for the balcony?
Herbals: thyme, rosemary, peppermint
Flowers: fuchsia, bellflower
Vegetables: pepper, salad, cucumber, potato
Fruits: strawberry, citron