How To Create A Garden On Your Balcony

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If you have green thumbs, but you currently live in an apartment, there’s no need to go without a garden. You can create a miniature green oasis on your balcony, growing anything from herbs and berries to dainty dwarf trees, colourful flowers, and romantic trailing plants. It doesn’t matter how big or small your balcony is: there’s always room for plants! 

Read on for some ingenious gardening suggestions that will help you transform your balcony into a lush little oasis you will love spending time in. 

Grow Your Own Urban Fruit And Veg

You don’t need to have a greenhouse or an allotment to grow your own edible goodies. A balcony can be the perfect place to grow a health-boosting variety of fresh fruit and vegetables; all you need is a selection of pots, containers, planters, some premium potting mixes, and your desired seeds, plugs, or mature plants.

Not sure which ‘crops’ to grow? There are plenty of species of fruiting plants and vegetables that can thrive on a balcony, including seasonal and shrubby herbs, dwarf cabbages, broccoli, tomatoes, dwarf apples, pears, and plums. 

When it comes to watering your miniature balcony farm, you may have to do a little experimenting and make sure excess water can’t splash onto the balcony below yours. Mini drippers or small overhead sprayers are a convenient and waste-free way to water your crops when needed.

Paint With Flowers

Living in a busy town or city can be taxing on your mental health, particularly during the cold, grey winter months. However, there is an easy plant-based antidote – filling your balcony with an array of colourful flower varieties is a guaranteed way to lift your mood.  

When choosing flowers for your space, you should consider how much sunlight your balcony gets during the day so you can select the species that will thrive on those particular conditions. 

For a bright and sunny balcony, opt for jewel-coloured beauties such as petunias, geraniums, and marigolds. For a more shaded nook, plant eye-catching fuchsia, delicate Impatiens, lobelia, begonias, and pansies in a rainbow variety of hues that will instantly lift your spirits. Plant them in pots, larger containers, and hanging planters; you can even make a large balcony flower ‘bed’ using discard pallets for a charmingly rustic look.

Create A Cool, Calm And Private Space With Some Potted Trees 

If you thought your apartment balcony was too small to accommodate a gracious maple, a laurel or even a luxuriantly flowering magnolia – it’s time to think again. Even the most cramped of balconies can play host to a potted tree, and in fact, they can bring a number of benefits to your home, particularly if you live in the midst of a noisy, crowded city. From providing more privacy to helping clean the air and reduce noise levels, balcony trees can improve your well-being in numerous ways.

When it comes to caring for them, make sure you choose a suitable container that will provide plenty of space for your trees and their roots as they grow. You should also use suitable potting soil or compost that provides the right amount of drainage, aeration, moisture and nutrients. 

Not sure which potted trees to choose? As a rule, it’s best to opt for hardier species that require little maintenance, but also provide a treat for the eyes. There are plenty to choose from, ranging from crepe myrtle and Japanese maples to boxwood, holly, and dwarf fruit trees which come with the added benefit of providing nutritious snacks!

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