Balcony gardens or apartment gardens have become very popular among ‘city dwellers’, as they take up relatively little space, can have low maintenance needs, and hold the promise of bringing that farm fresh produce right to your table throughout harvest season.
With a few easy steps you too can be enjoying your own balcony garden in no time.
Soil Content Matters
With limited growing space and access to soil nutrients, make sure that you are using a high quality potting soil. Also, give those plants an extra boost by adding some compost.
Carefully watch how the sunlight moves through your available space throughout the day, then space and position your pots and plants according to their sunlight requirements. In relation to the sunlight, it is important to consider the heat on your balcony. Generally, cement balconies can get very hot, particularly in the later afternoon with direct sunlight – ensure that you are choosing plants that have a high tolerance for heat and sunlight.
With limited water retention ability due to the container size and amount of soil surrounding the plant roots, make sure that each plant gets watered every day, and in the hottest summer days, watering twice a day will ensure healthy growth and harvest. While it may seem counter-intuitive, make sure that your containers have sufficient drainage holes in the bottom. While watering is very important for balcony gardens, you do not want sitting water to remaining around the roots of the plants. Good drainage will go a long way in growing a healthy, thriving garden.
Your plant choice may be directed by the shape of your available space. Some plants grow in spreading horizontal vines and others are round and bushy. Embracing the space requirements of the plants you pick will lead to a healthy and sustainable harvest.
Flowering plants of many varieties are also a great go-to choice for balcony pots and containers. Including some perennials in your balcony containers can bring some beauty and interest to your outdoor space even during the gray winter months.
If you are ready to jump in with both feet and plant a balcony garden here are some plants that will do great in containers: strawberries, herbs of all varieties, tomatoes, radishes, beets, beans, blueberries, peppers, smaller pickling cucumbers, azaleas, calla lilies, chrysanthemums, and dahlias.