Self-sufficiency - an environmentally friendly megatrend. We show how the concept also works for self-caterers on the balcony and in the city
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Author: Katharina Healing
- Even in cities you can become self-sufficient
- A balcony is sufficient for self-sufficiency
- Every space can be used sensibly with simple tricks
Self-catering can be found more and more often, especially in cities. The idea that you can be self-sufficient even with a small balcony seems absurd at first - but it works! Even if the balcony does not face the south, the heat that the house wall stores can be quite sufficient. In addition, simple tricks ensure that there is not enough space for growing fruit and vegetables.
Self-catering needs a plan
The first step in becoming self-sufficient is creating an accurate plan. To do this, it makes sense to draw the outline and all other fixed elements of the balcony in order to then creatively integrate the beds. Once the plan is ready, there are several ways to grow plants. Whether bought or self-made raised bed, trellis on the balcony ceiling and house wall or simple flower pots and buckets - everything is possible.
In order to be able to decide which plants to grow on the balcony, it is important to consider which fruit, which herbs and which vegetables are eaten a lot at home. A list that distinguishes between “absolutely” and “I could do without” can help here. There is a large selection: potatoes, carrots, mini peppers, mint, wild garlic, parsley, but also apples and pears can grow on the balcony.
Simple tricks make self-sufficiency on the balcony possible
Once you have decided on self-sufficient plants, the next step is to provide good compost and good soil. There is a simple, sustainable trick to keep nutrient-rich water at hand: when washing up, simply put a large bowl or bucket in the sink that will collect the water (important without detergent!). This saves water, with the leftover food serving as natural fertilizer. In addition, the following five tips and information are helpful for successfully caring for yourself:
- Beds should never be empty, new ones can be planted immediately after the harvest.
- Small fruits such as cucumbers or tomatoes grow faster than large fruits.
- Salads grow particularly quickly and are still ready to be harvested just before winter.
- Sufficient irrigation and nutrient supply are essential.
- The more often it is harvested, the more fruits develop.
It shows that it is not only people in the countryside who have the opportunity to provide for themselves with fruit, herbs and vegetables. Even people in cities with little space can become self-sufficient as long as they have a balcony or garden. This not only saves money, it also guarantees food that is free of harmful substances and is also a pleasure!