Starting My Own Balcony Garden


I absolutely love having fresh herbs to cook with. Well, who doesn’t? Typically, I buy them in the store, but I decided to try to grow them myself.

My plan was to start a balcony garden with some smaller herbs, the ones that I use a lot, like oregano and chive. If they manage to survive, I will continue with other herbs, but also some bigger plants like cherry tomatoes.

balcony garden

What did I use for my balcony garden

Well, I didn’t really want to buy any containers for this. I just wanted to have something more economical for this herb balcony garden. That is why I decided to use empty yogurt cups. Isn’t it great when you can upcycle something you would throw away and it turns out really cute in the end? I definitely encourage everyone not to throw away yogurt cups because you can use them for so many things. You can find ideas on Pinterest.

So, you will just need:
empty yogurt cups
potting mix
herb seeds
anything you have at home for decorations – for example, I used sparkly tape.

balcony garden

First you have to wash and dry your empty yogurt cups. When they are completely dry – decorate them. Use your imagination, you can do whatever you want.

Add a dirt in the yogurt cups. Place seeds at the top and add little bit more of dirt. After you are finished with all of your seed planting, be sure to water them.

Well, I won’t tell you have to take care of them, because I am still not sure will it work. We’ll see in couple of months. I have to admit that Iā€™m really loving how these turned out and I really hope I will soon have some tasty herbs. If you don’t have time, you could easily grow your own herbs from a ready plants.

If this balcony garden doesn’t work out, I will try with starter plants! I will keep you updated!

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  • Reply Rachel G July 6, 2015 at 11:44 am

    I’m hoping to start a little balcony garden of my own, soon! Good idea to use containers you already had!

  • Reply Catherine Holt July 6, 2015 at 1:55 pm

    What a great idea. There really is no excuse not to grow your own herbs is there! I need to take a leaf out of your book šŸ™‚

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  • Reply Leanne | The Transplanted Southerner July 6, 2015 at 4:40 pm

    I reused last years flower pots to do small herb gardens. I have them by my front door and they actually look quite nice. I love your idea for making them in upcycled containers! So sweet!

  • Reply karen July 6, 2015 at 5:36 pm

    very cute idea and fingers crossed. I used pots last yhear…this year I’m using an old plastic swimming pool.

  • Reply Tamara July 7, 2015 at 1:46 am

    This is a great thing to do with my kids. I agree – I absolutely love growing your own herbs. It is so amazing to just walk out there, pluck some basil, and pair it with farmers market cheese. Yes!

  • Reply Amy @ Fearless Homemaker July 7, 2015 at 3:20 pm

    We grow a ton of fresh herbs and vegetables in our backyard garden, and a bunch of them started from little cup containers from seed, just like yours. Ours are doing SO well – I’m actually surprised at how well they are doing — and I hope yours turn out just as great!

    • Reply Marina July 9, 2015 at 8:10 am

      Thanks Amy, I really hope so too šŸ™‚

  • Reply Melissa July 7, 2015 at 9:37 pm

    Such a great idea! I love the idea of repurposing the yogurt cups (normally I toss them in the recycling bin). The yogurt cups are the perfect size for little starters šŸ™‚ I’ll have to remember that next year for my container garden.

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  • Reply Mudpie Fridays July 8, 2015 at 10:10 pm

    Ah this is great will try it with Monkey as we don’t have any herbs at the moment – thanks for sharing #kidscorner

  • Reply Brandyn July 9, 2015 at 2:18 am

    Awesome idea! I never would have thought of reusing yogurt cups! I hope they grow well for you!

    Thank you for sharing with us at #MommyMeetupMondays!

  • Reply casey July 10, 2015 at 4:55 am

    What a great idea! I bet it will work out. Herbs are resilient! Except when they aren’t.. So.. I have no idea what I’m talking about, except dill seems to flourish where basil never works for me. Cilantro also does a great job of not dying. šŸ˜€
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  • Reply Apri J Harris July 13, 2015 at 1:44 am

    What a fun way to teach kids about gardening! I love growing herbs on the windowsill. Thank you for sharing this post with us at the Hearth and Soul hop.

  • Reply Everything Mummy July 13, 2015 at 9:25 pm

    Great idea I love the little bunny decorations you’ve used where are they from? thanks for linking up to #kidscorner

    • Reply Marina July 16, 2015 at 11:00 am

      My penpal send it to me long time ago, so I really have no idea where did she get them from! But they are so cute, I agree!

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