Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme
Whether it is for passion or pleasure, for cooking or for decorating: cultivating herbs and small [kitchen] plants on the balcony is a trend!
All of the above can be grown on a pot. There are a few rules to follow, but nothing too arduous! It can be done, and it is so nice—and convenient—to have the fresh herbs so handy when they are needed, for that homemade pizza for example. Or the parsley that practically goes everywhere!
The choice of the soil is important in the case of potted aromatic plants which, having limited space to grow, they require even more of a compound that can meet their needs. A soil rich in nutrients is helpful.
Then a good choice of fertilizer is also important. But any good Nursery can provide all of the above.
Which Herb is a Must?
Besides the four above, there are a few that grow well on a balcony or window sill; arugula, mint, majoram, oregano, bay leaves are just a few.
Some of them can be grown in the same pot. While others are fastidious, or too invasive. There are those that need the same amount of water and sun. For example, rosemary is a plant that loves the sun and hates water and it is better not to plant it together with sage, which also loves the sun (but not too much) but also water.
Laurel (Bay leaves), loves to be watered, it needs to be wet frequently and abundantly and besides it tends to grow big, therefore it is best alone. It keeps nice in winter with its green leaves!
Mint it is good to remember that it is a weed and therefore, for the protection of its “neighbors” it is also better if planted alone.
Aromatic herbs are perfect to grow directly in the kitchen during the off season, if the light is sufficient: with their colors and scents they will stimulate your imagination in the kitchen.
Their freshness will improve any dish. I love to have a pot of arugula. Although I can’t eat it everyday because I need to wait for them to re-grow once I pick some, but it gives me enormous satisfaction.
In short, growing aromatic plants on your balcony is certainly satisfactory.
They will love you if you love them.