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What vegetables to grow in bright balcony that gets no direct sunlight?
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April 10, 2012 - 1:25 pm
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I have a small back balcony that is very brightly lit and warm all day (in Kolkata), but which hardly gets any direct sunlight due to the buildings on both sides and back of my flat. The sun sort of shines on the bars from both sides for a couple of hours, but not on to the balcony floor.

What vegetables or herbs can I grow here? I really would like to use that space, please give me suggestions!


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May 22, 2012 - 10:01 pm

Difficult to grow anything without sunlight. Greens might grow without problems.

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June 30, 2014 - 9:45 am
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I have this problem too. Many attempts to grow fruiting and flowering plants failed as they get hit by diseases and pests without the sun easily. I have south facing windows and buildings in front of the windows and no balcony at all. But then I figured a very basic solution. Firstly, I noticed that I get sunlight towards the noon till evening, below my window, till the lower parapet. Hence I had my grills made broader, ie. almost one and a half feet away from my windows so that its at the edge of the top parapet. Then I made hanging pots that I could tie on the outside of the grill at the lower end. By doing this instead of the sun coming to my plants I took my plants to the sun.
Cant grow many things, but herbs grow amazingly well since they are not too demanding?
Pots for herbs made from pet bottles and black grow bags work well for herbs and hanging pots. Ill try to post some pics.
See what works for you and how you can take your plants to that part of the balcony that gets sun.

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June 30, 2014 - 1:36 pm
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nice idea. a pic would do justice to what you have accomplished. Also, once I had ash gourd in a balcony and the creeper went in search of light and yielded a fruit inside my balcony. A whopping 2.5 kg ash gourd.no complaints

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