Bringing your strata garden to life. The Genesis team share their tips and tricks for growing a green haven on your balcony this spring…

Have you ever wondered why our Genesis team seem to ‘just get it’ when it comes to strata living? Because we live and own in strata too. In this blog we share photos from the balcony of our very own Zohar Azizy and find out how she keeps her balcony garden so beautiful and lush.

As a foodie and amazing cook, Zohra decided to grow her own supply of fresh and delicious herbs and vegetables. This is now she did it.

1. Choose the Right Location:

· Select a spot on your balcony that receives at least 6 hours of direct sunlight a day. Most herbs thrive in full sun.

· Ensure your herbs are protected from strong winds, as this can dry out the soil and damage the plants.

2. Select Suitable Containers:

· Use containers or pots with good drainage to prevent overwatering. Terracotta pots or fabric grow bags work well.

· Containers should be of sufficient size to accommodate the herbs’ growth and root systems.

3. Quality Potting Mix:

· Use a high-quality potting mix enriched with organic matter to provide essential nutrients for your herbs.

· Consider adding slow-release fertilizer to help your herbs thrive.

4. Choose the Right Herbs:

· Start with easy-to-grow herbs like basil, mint, parsley, oregano, and thyme, which are well-suited for Sydney’s climate.

· Pay attention to the specific needs of each herb regarding sunlight, water, and space.

5. Water Wisely:

· Herbs generally prefer consistently moist, well-draining soil. Water when the top inch of soil feels dry.

· Use a saucer under your pots to catch excess water and prevent water damage to your balcony.

· In winter water in the evening, and in summer morning and evening.

6. Pruning and Harvesting:

· Regularly prune your herbs to encourage bushier growth.

· Harvest herbs in the morning when their oils are most concentrated for the best flavour.

7. Pests and Diseases:

· Keep an eye out for pests like aphids, mealybugs, and snails. Use organic pest control methods if necessary.

· Ensure good air circulation to prevent mould and mildew.

8. Fertilize Properly:

· Herbs in containers may require more frequent feeding. Use a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer every 4-6 weeks during the growing season.

9. Mulch:

· Apply a layer of organic mulch to help retain moisture, regulate soil temperature, and prevent weeds.


10. Support and Trellis:

· If you’re growing climbing herbs like cucumbers or beans, provide appropriate support or trellises to maximize your space.

11. Companion Planting:

· Plant herbs that repel pests alongside your desired herbs. For example, basil can help deter flies and mosquitoes.

12. Weather Considerations:

· Be prepared for extreme weather conditions. Move your pots indoors during severe storms or extreme heatwaves.

13. Rotate and Replant:

· To maintain soil health and prevent pests, consider rotating your herb plants and refreshing the potting mix annually.

14. Enjoy the Process:

· Gardening can be a fulfilling and therapeutic experience. Take the time to enjoy your herb garden and the fresh flavors it adds to your cooking.

Remember that each herb may have unique requirements, so it’s important to research and understand the needs of the specific herbs you choose to grow. With the right care and attention, you can have a thriving herb garden on your apartment balcony in Sydney

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