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    Hello Everybody.

    I'm Darren, 28 from Beckenham and new here.

    Work in IT Developing Systems, and got into producing my own crops this year.

    I got some free Cayenne Pepper seeds and Tomato seeds through the post.
    So I thought I would give it a go (on my 50ft balcony).

    now its nearing the end of the season, and I think I did quite well, I had 2 troughs (7 plants each) of tomato plants which produced around around 20-40 tomatoes per plant. which only ripened up right at the end (a few weeks ago) But that was due to me not pruning them at all until then. Did have some root rot, but caught it early and beat it!

    And my Cayenne peppers are producing around 20-40 chillis at a time each (4 plants - 3 grown on windowsill and 1 on balcony ) and are ripening 1 or 2 chilli's at a time, and still producing now.

    Oh and I have had a Rosemary plant, and Parsley plant for the last 2 years that is going well.

    So I think I have learnt a lot from it, and will continue growing chilli's next year, but not sure what else yet. thinking maybe Onions.

    Tomato's were good, but took too much room.

    I like to grow things that I will use a lot.
    And Onions/Garlic are more than likely the most useful.

    Any recommendations?

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    Probably a couple of pots of shallots would be better than onions, Maybe a pot of elephant garlic and/or normal garlic, but to be honest, the taste is only really noticeable when it's fresh, rather than dried hence the reasoning behind the elephant garlic.
    Pea shoots, cut and come again salad, you might get away with an aubergine, mint, chives, radish, dwarf beans, cucumber, a small sage plant.
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    Shallots are interesting, might look into them, and garlic.

    I did peas before, but was not very impressed with them. but they were baby plants from B&Q so was not expecting much.

    Cucumber could be good, are they small plants?

    Don't forget anything I grow will be grown on a (Sun Trap) Balcony (massive balcony 50ft)

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    Cucumbers are quite long plants so if you do grow them grow them upwards as opposed to letting them trail. I'd also grow carrots, radishes and other root vegetables they barely take up any room and if you aren't planning on growing massive award winning plants you can just squeeze loads into a small space and pull out as you need them

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    cucumbers would suit as you can grow them up your balcony rails (might need a few extra footholds if you know what I mean?). I've never had any joy with aubergines but maybe the baby ones might suit you as can be grown in pots. As already said cut and come again salads are great (and so expensive in the shops!) as well as fresh herbs - coriander, mint, parsley, basil all do OK in pots. What about dwarf fruit trees / bushes - a friend has a lovely top hat blueberry plant in a large pot.

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    I grew a lovely little white (actually yellow) cucumber from Real Seeds this year - it doesn't take much space and would be happy in a pot I'm sure.
    What about salad leaves?
    Here's my old balcony - I used a lot of hanging baskets
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    I love Rocket, but don't like buying it due to cost, so wondering if that is possible.

    Think I will give Cucumber & Carrot a go, as well as try to over winter my Cayenne Peppers.

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    you can sow rocket now if you like. If the balcony's protected, it's quite hardy.
    I mentioned the peas for using as a salad thing, cram a load into a pot, cut the shoots off when they're about 2 or 3 inches high, then let them keep growing, and sow another lot.

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