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The Balcony Garden

Updated on June 3, 2011

The Balcony Garden

One of the great things about gardening is how flexible the nature of your garden can be. You do not need a large yard; in fact you do not need a yard at all.


If you have a balcony, there is an opportunity to design a garden that is just right for that space.


If you want to create a balcony garden then there are a few things you need to do.


First and possibly the most important step is to ask yourself, how much time do you have to spend taking care of the garden? Balcony gardens usually take the form of plants in containers and may actually require more attention than a backyard garden does.


Balconies can be hot, dry and windy spots and this means that your plants will need to be watered frequently. You will also need to check on them regularly to determine if watering or other attention is required. Pests and diseases can affect the balcony garden.


The second determination you will need to make is how much sunlight the balcony receives. This, in part, determines what you can grow. If your balcony is heavily shaded then most vegetables are out but shade plants are in.


This is where the right plant, right place (RPRP) guideline comes in handy. You place a plant in the location where its needs are met and that plant will flourish, if something is lacking, water, soil, food, then the plant may die or languish. So select your plants with knowledge and care.


Now that you know the light conditions, you can decide how much space you want to allow for the garden. You will need room to move around to care for and harvest. What else do you use your balcony for?


The last question is are you growing herbs, vegetables, fruit, yes you can grow dwarf apple trees on a balcony, if the conditions are right, or ornamentals.


Once you have answered all the questions you can draft your garden plan. This does not need to be elaborate, a pencil sketch on a piece of paper will do. Simply indicate where the plants will go and be sure to include anything else that may be on yoru balcony, chairs, for example.


The plan is not craved in stone and you can make adjustments as you go; it is designed to keep yoru focused and not to get carried away.


It is easy enough to buy more plants than you can use, if the budget permits, when you visit a garden centre.


It can be difficult to resist some of the floral beauties that are teasing you into taking them home.


Use you garden plan to develop a plant list and do your best to stick to the list. It can be helpful to talk with the garden centre manger or a horticultural expert and explain your plan, before buying.


Balcony gardening is as rewarding as any other form of gardening as long as you follow the few simple steps that I have outlined. Most importantly, have fun gardening is a joy not a chore.





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Getting Ready, Bob Ewing photo
Getting Ready, Bob Ewing photo
A Few Weeks later, Bob Ewing photo
A Few Weeks later, Bob Ewing photo

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  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    6 years ago from New Brunswick

    You are welcome,thanks for dropping by.

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    glassvisage 

    6 years ago from Northern California

    This is very encouraging... The photos and video are very helpful. Thanks for sharing this!

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    8 years ago from New Brunswick

    Thanks for dropping by.

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    Shari 

    8 years ago from New York, NY

    I couldnt live without my herbs . .and I loved this Hub. Gardening is such a joy. . I couldnt agree with you more!

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    8 years ago from New Brunswick

    Good, thanks for dropping by.

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    Dim Flaxenwick 

    8 years ago from Great Britain

    That mini video about planting herbs was exactly what I've been looking for. Thanks for all the tips.

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    9 years ago from New Brunswick

    Thanks for stopping by.

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    Webofusion 

    9 years ago

    Hey Bob,

    Thanks a lot for your advice. Since I was out of town, I couldn't reply you earlier. This is an awesome post. I would love to have a garden, but unfortunately I am not a very active gardener. All I can manage to do is watering the plants. But I am sure I will start taking extra care. As you told it's not a chore, it's a joy.

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    9 years ago from New Brunswick

    "Just to save the time from having to change shoes and stomp" one of the best reasons. Thanks for stopping by.

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    Zsuzsy Bee 

    9 years ago from Ontario/Canada

    Great hub again Bob. I always have a few planters with tomatoes on the edge of the deck. Just to be able to quickly grab a tomatoe to go with a sandwich or burger. Just to save the time from having to change shoes and stomp through to the garden especially when its raining.

    Hope you're well kindest regards Zsuzsy

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    9 years ago from New Brunswick

    You could partially bury them, or put some rocks in the bottom make them heavy. :)

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    Ricardo Nunes 

    9 years ago from Portugal

    LOL, indeed that must be the best solution. But I think I still should bury the containers so that people won`t see them... ohh wait, this way I don´t even need the containers after all :D

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    9 years ago from New Brunswick

    Thanks, use big containers about 2-3 feet across, too heavy to readily steal. :)

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    Ricardo Nunes 

    9 years ago from Portugal

    Another great hub from Bob as usual ;)

    I had some problems with container gardening and so I gave up. Unfortunately I don´t have balcony (I tend to fall from them lol) and so people kept stealing my plants and containers :(

    It´s a great choice though ;)

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    9 years ago from New Brunswick

    I agree, more and more of my gardening is done in containers, thanks for stopping b.

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    Debra Myers 

    9 years ago

    I've done container gardening before and it's a fun way to grow your veggies!

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