I always love plants and garden. When I was little, my cousins and I would ride our bikes to the countryside and hang out in the rice fields, catching tiny fishes, frogs, crabs me crickets. Then we flew our kites or picked lotus flowers. There weren’t internet or phones and it was the best time of my life. Being an adult and leaving in an apartment, it won’t stop me from being near to plants.
This is how my first balcony garden started five years ago. Didn’t look very excited and my plants kept dying from the heat.
Then I kept researching, growing more plants. Some of them died, some of them stayed. Then I realized that plants were just like us, they like to be social and be in a community. They started to thrive together, under each other shades, created moisture and their owe ecosystem. Less than a year later, my first balcony garden looked like a hanging garden of Babylon. There were birds, bees, butterflies, and caterpillars came to hang out.
I was able to grow grapes, watermelon, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries. It was always an excited weekend visiting to the nursery and came back with more plants and then planted them. I was always excited to learn about plants and how to make to grow better in a tiny place. My balcony garden helped me break the ice with my neighbors and inspired them to grow plants on their balconies.
Now I moved to a new apartment with a bigger balcony and I was able to have a hammock and more plants, of course 🤓. I grew figs, tangerines herbs and even a small persimmon tree.
I wanted to share my story with you because I often hear from my friends that they killed plants or they didn’t have a green thumb. I used to think like that before I started to grow my garden. We tried and fail but we will never stop trying. Plants know who loves them and they will repay you with endless hours of relaxing, joy and happiness, also a cleaner air and a habitation for many living things.