Six solutions for transforming your balcony into a biodiversity sanctuary

Your balcony – a little corner of paradise…


GR:  If you live in North America, here’s a good source for beekeeping information:  Beekeeping associations in other parts of the world are listed here:  You can find more information through the one of the beekeeping forums.  Interested?  It takes about 30 minutes per hive per week, and 2 hours per hive twice a year to extract honey.

These urban farmers want to feed the whole neighborhood — for free

“The Beacon Food Forest is giving away dozens of strawberry plants. For free.
“For now, the cooperative food forestry idea is at least spreading like those strawberry plants, thanks in part to the BFF’s focus on education. In addition to monthly work parties, the BFF holds classes and workshops on edible forest gardening, providing hands-on education to eager learners. “People learn how to do stuff and realize it’s pretty easy and attainable,” says Cramer. “The model of a food forest, you can actually copy it even in your backyard, as long as you understand.”


Katie in Garden+In an unused bit of ground beside our apartment complex dumpster my four-year old daughter and I, spent a few minutes every day after work,  and grew over 200 pounds of peas, tomatoes, onions, beans, radishes, spinach, and squash in a three by four meter space. We didn’t get to plant the winter crops.

There was more than enough unused ground that everyone in the complex could have done the same.