If you don’t have acreage of land or a big garden to be a Homesteader. You can still do this in your apartment with these Balcony Homesteading Ideas!
Homesteading is the art of being self-sufficient, and what could be better than growing your own food in a limited urban space like balcony or rooftop! Here are the best Balcony Homesteading Ideas to get started with!
Here’s all you need to know about making a balcony garden
Creative Balcony Homesteading Ideas
1. Grow a Balcony Herb Garden
If you have a small balcony, you can choose to grow some of the easiest herbs, such as mint, basil, chives, cilantro, lavender, thyme, oregano, and rosemary. Enjoy them fresh from your own homegrown supply!
Learn everything about making a balcony herb garden here
2. Grow Micro Greens
Have a look at the best microgreens that you can grow here
3. Grow a Fruit Garden
Even if you have a small balcony, you can utilize it to grow some fruit trees in pots. Dwarf varieties of apple, cherry, fig, and peach work great in containers. All the citrus fruits are easy to grow in pots as well.
Here are the best fruit trees you can grow in pots
4. Grow Your Own Berries
Strawberries or mulberries could be expensive at the grocery stores, and you can get them for free by growing berries in small pots on your balcony. The only catch is, you need to have an open space that gets at least 6-7 hours of direct sunlight.
Check out the best berries you can grow in pots here
5. Grow Your Own Vegetable Garden
There’s nothing like growing your own food and enjoy an organic harvest in your meals. There are many nutritious veggies that you can easily grow in pots on your balcony, and we have a great article on it here.
6. Balcony Beekeeping
Urban beekeeping is becoming popular these days, and you can try keeping stingless bees on your balcony. The honey production would be lesser, but it will be more than enough for your family!
Here’s all you need to know about making a bee garden
7. Grow Medicinal Plants
Grow plants with medicinal value in your balcony garden such as lemongrass, aloe vera, garlic, vetiver Grass, turmeric, curry leaf, and many more. Not only could this help you with your home cooking, but it will also come in handy in case of minor illnesses, cuts, burns, and wounds. Here’re some plants of this category!
8. Grow Edible Flowers
Grow some of the most beautiful yet edible flowers on your balcony. Nasturtium, calendula, pansy, and begonia can be used for cake and garnishing.
Calendulas are also known for their anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, and anti-bacterial properties.
Have a look at the best Edible Flowers you can grow here
9. Grow a Tea or Coffee Plant
Here’s everything you need to know about growing tea leaves at home
10. Make a Mini Greenhouse
You can follow this step-by-step video guide on building your own mini greenhouse. After putting the greenhouse in place, all you need are seeds, soil mix, and planting trays and pots.
Here are some amazing DIY mini greenhouse ideas
11. Create a Hydroponic System
If you are running out of space on your balcony and still want to grow some edible plants, fruits, and veggies of your own, you can make your own hydroponic system.
Have a look at the best homemade Hydroponic systems here
12. Grow Mushrooms
Whether you are short on space or not, you can easily grow mushrooms in a cool, dark corner of your home. Make your own mushroom growing space and ensure a steady supply of this highly nutritious food source.
Learn how to grow Mushrooms here
13. Grow your Own Soap!
Yes, you read that right! You can use leaves and flowers of soapwort, soap plant, and clematis. Boil them to get a soapy solution.
We have a great article on plants that can be used as soap here
14. Grow Salads
Growing salads is also possible as long as your balcony gets 4-6 hours of direct sunlight. Lettuce, kale, rocket, and spinach are some of the best options you have.
Learn everything about starting a salad garden here
15. Grow Spices
You can grow spices like turmeric, black pepper, bay leaf, and cardamom on your balcony. All you need are some railing planters and an appropriate temperature!
Here are the best spices you can grow in pots
16. Make Your Own Compost
While growing plants and vegetables on the balcony, you must provide these plants with good quality compost. Thankfully, you can make your own in a small bucket.
Learn how to start composting in a balcony garden here
17. Make a Balcony or Rooftop Kitchen
With so many fresh vegetables, herbs, and salads that you will be growing in your urban home, it makes perfect sense to make a little outdoor kitchen complete with a little barbecue to cook them fresh and enjoy in the open air!