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Dealing with Wind

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I don’t know about your balcony, but mine was getting blown around like crazy today, with a cool spring wind. In case you have a breezy balcony, here is some great advice on dealing with wind:

  • How to Edibles on a Windy Balcony - Wind poses several problems to vegetable container gardens. First, it can damage the plant by ripping off leaves, or breaking branches. It can also tear off flowers before they can be pollinated. No pollination, no fruit/vegetables. Wind can also be cold, a bad thing if you’re trying to grow warm season vegetables like tomatoes or eggplant. Finally, wind dries plants and soil out.
  • Strategies for Dealing With Wind on a Balcony - Don’t be dissuaded from gardening in the sky! While not every plant is suitable to being batted around by the wind, there are things you can do to help your plants cope.
  • Plants for Full-Sun, High Wind Balconies - Check out the plants below that are tough enough to stand up to the wind and the sun.
  • Roses for Windy Balconies – Three container recipes that feature roses and wind-tolerant plants.
  • Plants for Part-Sun, High Wind Balconies -

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If you live in a downtown area, or on a high floor, your balcony may be pretty windy. In urban areas, wind is funneled in between buildings and can really rip through balconies and the plants growing there. Wind poses several problems to vegetable container gardens. First, it can damage the plant by ripping off leaves, or breaking branches. It can also tear off flowers before they can be pollinated. No pollination, no fruit/vegetables. Wind can also be cold, a bad thing if you’re trying to grow warm season vegetables like tomatoes or eggplant. Finally, wind dries plants and soil out.

Rest assured, there are things you can do to counteract the effects of wind on your container vegetable garden…

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What to Do on Windy Balconies that Also Get Scortched by the Sun?

May 20, 2009

Earlier I posted about plants that can stand up to the wind and don’t mind getting only partial sun. In the comments section of that post, Yeye asked about full sun plants that are also wind tolerant. Ask, and ye shall receive! Check out the plants below that are tough enough to stand up to […]

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More Plants for Part-Sun, Windy Balconies

February 6, 2009

Two things many balcony gardeners must deal with are wind and shade. In my last apartment and my current one, I’ve noticed that the close proximity of nearby buildings often creates a shady wind tunnel. These are some plants that will flourish in such conditions. Lady’s Mantle: Hardy to zone 3, the billowy flowers of […]

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Rose Container Ideas for Windy Balcony Gardens

February 4, 2009

This week I have been racking my brain and furiously researching container gardening ideas for windy balconies. Specifically, high-rise, part-sun, cold-winter balconies. Below are some specific ideas for growing roses on such balconies. I hope you like them! Super Simple Rose Container Idea Plant white or cream colored rose in center of a pot that […]

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Strategies for Dealing With Wind in a High Rise Balcony Garden

February 3, 2009

This week we’re talking about gardening on high rise balconies, thanks to Shawn, who brought the topic to my attention and graciously agreed to be “exhibit A.” While high rise balconies and rooftop gardens often offer beautiful city views, they also have challenges unique to their location, such as exposure to harsh winds. Wind can […]

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What to Do With a Cold, Windy Balcony? On the 17th Floor No Less!

February 2, 2009

Two weeks ago, Shawn contacted me about his balcony way up on the 17th floor, in Montreal, Quebec. As he describes it, “I suspect it will get very windy out there at times. Being that I face due east and with the exposure and wind, it probably won’t get too warm for too long up […]

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