I wasn't going to do anything with my new-to-me balcony this year. The floor needs to be repainted and I was too overwhelmed with indoor renovations to deal with the outside (although I did plant a tomato plant which is presently holding about 100 green tomatoes that I doubt will ever ripen). Despite my plans, my mom came to visit recently and she insisted on buying me some brackets for the planters I already had. I wasn't going to put them up, but then I did.
And, once the planters were up, I couldn't resist planting them! I decided to plant edible plants and went with strawberries, pansies and two types of lettuce. They should all survive the winter on the west coast.
I am very happy with how they turned out! I think they really give my boring balcony some life!
And, in case of an earthquake, I can make a salad!