Raspberries and wild strawberries from the balcony

Raspberries on the balcony.
For many years I didn’t have any balcony and was dreaming about one all the time. On all my walks I always had my head turned up in the air looking at other people’s balconies. When we searched for an appartment here in Stockholm my most important demand was a balcony and I was thrilled when we finally bought one appartment with a small balcony but also two separate french double doors (were there is no space for any plants). The balcony is small, 2.8 square meters which is about 30 square feet. Most people would only buy one small plant for this kind of balcony, tops and that would be it. Well, I’ve already shown you my rhubarb plant which by the way is ready to be harvested again. Today I’ll show you my raspberry plant, my two wild strawberry plants and the flowers. The raspberry I bought was and is marked as Allgold, which is supposed to give yellow raspberries but today I finally had to realize that it was incorrectly tagged in the garden center and that it’s a normal red raspberry plant. Here you can read more about Allgold and as you can see it’s far from my pictures… I’m a bit dissapointed but the raspberries are still delicious!

The wild strawberry plants are quite small and therefor planted in two smaller pots and everytime I pass by I pick a sweet red berry. The wild strawberry plants are not demanding at all and just continue to bloom and give berries. I’m not sure how they will survive winter as it’s harder with small plants, but I’ll try to “dress” them warm when snow comes.

Besides of the rhubarb, raspberry and wild strawberries I also have a climbing rose called New Dawn which blooms continuously during the summer, a clematis called Multi Blue which blooms from spring to autumn, a bamboo plant for the cats and finally a Lilac called Palibin which is very suitable for pots. Well, all my plants are suitable for pots and grow very well so I really recommend them, just make sure to have pots and containers that are as large as possible. You can plant pretty much everything in pots, including fruits, veggies and berries. You can imagine how many more plants I would have if I had a larger balcony :-)

And last but not least we have two chairs and one table, so we can eat breakfast in the morning or have a nice dinner outside. All on 2.8 square meters. What do you have on your balcony?

The climbing rose New Dawn and the clematis Multi Blue.

The raspberry plant.

Bowser attacking the bamboo plant, which is safe for cats but not from them.

The lilac blooms and smells divine during spring.

14 Responses to “Raspberries and wild strawberries from the balcony”

  1. Pille
    July 9th, 2007 15:23

    I never knew you could grow lilacs in a pot, nor raspberries – so cool! And your clematis looks beautiful – I’d definitely have one, too, if I’d have a balcony :)

  2. mayacook
    July 9th, 2007 15:58

    Both the sight of these fruits on the balcony and the ides of picking them at home are really fantastic!

  3. gato azul
    July 9th, 2007 16:16

    Living in the city without a balcony (however small) can be very arid. I like in the country now but have put strawberry plants, herbs, tomato plant, edible flowers and flowerboxes on the veranda which is on the second floor right next to the kitchen. All these plants create an oasis. Congrats. Your balcony is very attractive.

  4. Kova
    July 9th, 2007 17:22

    You have such a beautiful home! I, too, am the woman gazing at others’ balconies, dreaming of the day I will have one too!

  5. Lena
    July 9th, 2007 21:54

    It looks like you have made your balcony to a nice little garden. I wish I had “green fingers” like you all I have is one pot of basil that is barely alive. Do you have any other suggestions for “cat safe” plants?

  6. evinrude
    July 10th, 2007 12:12

    What a lovely little garden you have on your balcony! =) Cats in my neighbourhood attack grasses too, when they’re sick. Then they’ll kinda throw up the grass and maybe some phlegm or something.

  7. Michelle
    July 10th, 2007 14:41

    Your balcony is just beautiful! In gardening, as in cooking, you’ve done a a great job!! :)

  8. the chocolate lady
    July 12th, 2007 13:47

    What a sweet little refuge.

  9. Wendy
    July 12th, 2007 22:28

    I’m incredibly impressed at how much you can grow on a balcony. And grow so well too.
    I take my hat off to you. :)

  10. Dagmar
    July 12th, 2007 22:51

    Thanks for all nice compliments! It’s not that hard, so now you have ideas for next summer :-)

    Kova: I hope that you’ll get a balcony one day!

    Lena: I think that pelargoner (I don’t know the english name) are safe and of course roses. I never let the cats out on the balcony by them self, so I always keep an eye on them so they don’t chew on the clematis.

    Evinrude: My cats just eat the bamboo but don’t throw up. Maybe they were pandas in an earlier life? :-)

  11. kathy
    July 16th, 2007 01:02

    i don’t think i’ve ever seen raspberries grown on a balcony, or even rubarb. I could imagine what you would do with an actual garden

  12. Laura
    July 19th, 2007 18:02

    It is a perfect oasis in the city. I have raspberries on my balcony too! I’m lucky that mine is larger than usual for an apartment, there’s even room for a play-house for my daughter but the space is mostly dedicated to plants I can eat (herbs, tomatoes, strawberries, redcurrants etc.) Unfortunately my salad seedlings are being destroyed by our cat who thinks the rectangular pot makes a lovely litter tray! I’ve tried commercial cat repellant which hasn’t worked, any tips?

  13. connie
    August 1st, 2007 03:53

    that is the best use for a balcony i’ve ever seen!

  14. brianna
    August 11th, 2009 16:14

    i have searched high and low for useful information on how to grow raspberries on my balcony! now i KNOW it can be done, i would be indebted for any information or tips you can share with this novice!! im not even sure how to start!!

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