Need suggestions for container planting

tacy_m(4)March 11, 2014

I recently moved to Minot, ND into a condominium with an east-facing balcony roughly 4ft x 8ft. It is very windy. I would like to put some plants out there in containers that can stay out all year. Everything I have read online says containers plants need to be hardy to two zones lower than plants out in the ground. I want these plants for privacy. I don't want to take up the entire balcony with winter-hardy plants - I would like to put in some lettuces, cherry tomatoes, herbs and flowers in the summer. Can anyone give me an idea on what I should plant? Thanks.

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ada_pun(5B)

If all you want to plant are vegetables, there is no zone (two lower) requirement. Basically, the veg. die when it is below zero, most of the time. Some stay alive even at -9C. If you cover them with transparent plastic to block the wind and trap the heat, they will even last longer. At night, if it is below zero, you can always bring them into the house. I installed light fixtures next to the window so that I can grow them all year round. I just started to do that and see big difference in their growth compared to no light before. Also, watering them with fish emulsion and seaweed concentrates makes a big difference in growth too.
If your season is long enough, growing peppers and tomatoes are possible. If the pots are dark, it will attract heat to the roots.

    Bookmark   March 14, 2014 at 1:28PM
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ada_pun(5B)

If it faces the East only, then there may not be six hours of sunlight. Therefore, it may be better to set up a florescent light fixture to grow your cherry (for pots only), flowers, lettuce and spices in the house all year round.

    Bookmark   March 14, 2014 at 3:23PM
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