My balcony vegetable garden

Balcony viewed from the street
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.


Mobile tomato bin

Presenting: the mobile semi-glassed
plant enclosure

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, in order 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:

Tomato Pink Brandywine Tomato
Tomato Prudens purple Tomato
Tomato Stupice Tomato
Tomato Cherokee purple Tomato
Tomato Paul Robeson Tomato
Tomato Sungold OP Tomato
Tomato Sungold select 2 Tomato
Tomato Gardener's delight Tomato
Tomato Black Krim Tomato
Tomato Black cherry Tomato
Tomato Beefsteak Tomato
Tomato Pink Ponderosa Tomato
Tomato Sweet million Tomato
Tomato Tumbling Tom yellow Tomato



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


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 tomato plants (right) go one side and the other of a trellis of horizontal ropes every 4".
The "Carmen" sweet pepper plant, at far left, reached 6 ½ feet.


Mini sweet peppers

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.

On this picture; Jingle bells orange mini sweet peppers. Very sweet, my favorite!

Chives are growing beneath the pepper plants.

I really love gardening.