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Balcony Garden - from planning to harvest

LOG BOOK 2019

Balcony garden with herbs and vegetables

Balcony garden - Why? The climate is changing and air, soil and sea pollution are constantly increasing.  Our self-experiment serves to produce fresh food, such as vegetables and herbs, for our own needs. This allows us to enjoy fresher and healthier food and produce less packaging waste, because "BIO" in disposable plastic packaging doesn't make sense for us. In addition we try to save water by hydroponic cultivation with our balcony garden and to grow without herbs and pesticides.

Target for our "Balkony Garden Project"

How much greens can be produced in a small space in an urban environment within a calendar year?
In our case, the areas used for growing food consist of two balconies on which vegetables and herbs are grown hydroponically, without soil, for our own needs. The cultivation from seeds will be indoor.

The target is to grow 200 kg of vegetables and herbs on approx. 6.5 m² of effective cultivation area over one year. Approximately the quantity that 2 persons need per year.

We will document everything from planning to execution over 1 year and provide it to interested parties. So please visit this project page from time to time.

Explanation of terms

Urban Gardening - Urban Farming

Urban Gardening and Urban Farming are true alternatives to conventional agriculture. Vertical - local - ecological - fresh. Also see our post on Urban Gardening und Urban Farming.

Zfarming
zero-acreage-farming

If the cultivation of food doesn't take place on conventional agricultural areas or in the garden, but on roofs, balconies, terraces, in unused buildings or in apartments, then one calls this also Zfarming.

zero-mile-diet

A zero-mile diet stands for self-growing of food. Zero miles, because the cultivation takes place locally in the own garden or in the urban environment.

Here the reduction of the "carbon footprint = CO² footprint" and the self-determination of what and how is cultivated are the most important factors, e.g. pesticide-free and herbicide-free. It couldn't be fresher or more local!