Balcony gardening in containers (Treehugger)

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Balcony Gardening Explained and Extolled


For readers with a balcony, the year of aerial edible gardening is a lovely and inspirational story of a woman who turned the flat roof outside of her bedroom window into a rooftop garden.

In the process of developing her little urban aerial space, she learned about ecology, plants, the cycles of nature and growing her own food. She even turned the experience into a book. Now that’s a really fast learning curve…

The author of the blog, and later the book, Helen Babbs, moved into a flat in London with a roof space and over the period of two years’ time turned it into a lush and fertile vegetable and flower garden.

In her blog she tells the story of her gradual initiation into the world of gardens. She visits gardens in Italy and Germany where communal planting takes place. She goes foraging in a London park that she had never visited before, reads gardening books, visits garden centres. She makes a Christmas wreath out of leftover greenery from her balcony. She visited the Food from the Sky project and meets new friends, including a woman who is pickling vegetables.




Published by

Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.