Got a balcony? Got a garden!
Just because you live in a unit , flat or apartment and don't have much space doesn't mean you can't enjoy watching things grow. You can not only have your very own balcony garden but you can have an amazing one.
Although I have never really been a 'plant fanatic' (like my mother who was born with 2 green thumbs), I like my surroundings to be neat tidy and green and I love watching things grow. You don't need to know too much about plants to have a great balcony garden. I just enjoy entertaining and being outdoors.
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Choosing your plants - What is best for your balcony garden?
There really are no "right" plants for your balcony garden (although monstrous towering plants won't go so well). You can grow almost anything in containers on your balcony including herbs, vegetables, flowers and shrubs (and for the things you can't, make bonsai's!).
Growing plants which you can eat would be the best place to start if you are pressed for space and there really is so much satisfaction in growing, cooking and eating herbs and produce you have grown yourself.
Be smart with your space
Think outside the box when you start planning your balcony garden and remember, it will not matter what the size of your space but rather how you use the space!
- Think up and down rather than flat bed gardens
- Grow vines and climbers on an arbour, arch or trellis
- Create your own piece of garden furniture which can help you create space
- Choose the right colours for containers - the lighter, the larger
DIY pallet garden - Make your own - pallets are free!
If you are creating or making your own planters or furniture and don't want to spend much money (or any) on timber, use pallets! They are free and many home hardware stores want them to be taken away.
Get some great pallet garden ideas.
Gardens on all sides - Save space with innovative vertical gardens.
Growing herbs in your balcony garden - Just eat it!
Herbs are a great choice for you balcony garden. My top 10 herbs for everyday cooking are:
7. Coriander (aka cilantro)
Portable plant containers - Move your plants in and out of the sun as you please
Urbio is rather cool. Each pot is magnetic so can be detached and rearranged. If you would prefer to purchase rather than make your balcony garden containers this would be a great first option. You can move your pots inside and out convenient for easy watering.
Get your own Urbio system for your garden
Get one for yourself you give Urbio as a gift. You can also pick up smaller sets to fill your urbio wall.
Some great balcony gardening stuff
If you don't get much sun on your balcony, light it up with some full spectrum lighting. Also perfect for your indoor garden.
Gardening upwards just got easier. Place this Gothic style trellis in a rectangle pot so it can be moved to different areas of your balcony garden.
This leaf trellis is perfect for pots on your balcony.