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Balcony viewed from the street in 2014
Balcony viewed from the street in 2016

View from the street of my balcony at the end of summer.

Tomatoes on the left and sweet peppers on the right.

When I decided to organize a vegetable garden on my 12th floor balcony in Montreal, I was faced with two main problems:

The winds are so strong that only adult plants can withstand them.

During most of the summer, the sun only reaches in the first two feet of the balcony.

Presenting: the mobile semi-glassed plant enclosure

Mobile tomato bin

With its four wheels, I could move this box to the front of the balcony when the sun was out, and bring it back to safety when it rained or when the winds were strong.

It also protected the younger plants from the winds with its plexiglassed lower section.

Surplus water was redirected into two removable pans, beneath the enclosure, to avoid annoying the 11 neighbors below me.

The plants were grown sequentially; with the older plants at the back.

 

It's hard to see from this picture, but this box contains 14 tomato varieties, mostly heirloom:

Pink Brandywine

 Prudens purple

 Stupice

 Cherokee purple

 Paul Robeson

 Sungold OP

 Sungold select 2

 Gardener's delight

 Black Krim

 Black cherry

 Beefsteak

 Pink Ponderosa

 Sweet million

 Tumbling Tom yellow

Tomatoes in the city

Life in the city

Sweet million tomatoes
Black Krim tomatoes

Sweet million tomatoes, my favorite!

Black Krim tomatoes, delicious.

Tomato and pepper enclosures

Tomato and pepper enclosures with front plexi-g;ass removed.

Zucchini-Bike cohabitation

Zucchini-bicycle cohabitation.

View from inside

The plants shield the apartment from the sun.

Shade and mildew

Since only about half of the balcony receives enough sunshine, the plants, or parts of plants, growing in the shade progress slower; but they also develop mildew.

Sugar snap peas grow over 7 feet tall. They only produce for about three weeks though.

One day, I noticed some mildew on the top of the plants, a place the sun would never reach. A few days later, I had to remove them to avoid any spreading.

Cucumbers growing in the partly shaded areas are hit by mildew at the end of July.

The beans and sweet peppers grow without illnesses.

In September, it's the tomatoes' turn to be attacked by mildew.

The plants are full of ripening tomatoes, so I try to save them by removing some diseased leaves and spraying them with sulfur.

Sweet peppers

Sweet peppers enjoying the view.

View from on the balcony

Plexiglass wind protection for the bottom of the sweet pepper plants (left).
The "Carmen" sweet pepper plant, at far left, reached 6 ½ feet.

The tomato plants (right) climb up a trellis of horizontal ropes (every 4") by passing one side and the other.

Mini sweet peppers

Jingle bells orange mini sweet peppers. Very sweet, my favorite!

Chives are growing beneath the pepper plants.

Sweet pepper plants grow real well and disease free on my balcony.

I enjoy eating the yellow, orange, red and green fruits for dinner and supper every day for over three months.

I have to figure out all kinds of ways to eat them; so I end up adding sweet pepper to everything I prepare.

 

 

I really love gardening.

Daniel Laberge on the web
Balcony viewed from the street in 2014
Balcony viewed from the street in 2016

Mobile tomato bin
Tomatoes in the city
Sweet million tomatoes
Black Krim tomatoes
Tomato and pepper enclosures
Zucchini-Bike cohabitation
View from inside
Sweet peppers
View from on the balcony
Mini sweet peppers