With the increasing urbanization and massive addition of high rises in our cities, balcony gardens are becoming extremely popular. The following some super-duper tips to help you start your own pretty or productive balcony garden.
- Start small: Build up your garden gradually, begin with growing 2-3 plants and understand your balconies climate and requirements of plants.
- Direction matters: Find out the direction of your balcony. For example, if you have an east facing balcony you’ll receive morning sun of about five hours. This helps in determining what plants you should grow there.
- Don’t overload: Ensure how much weight your balcony can bear; a concrete balcony is best.
- Sunny sun: Before growing any plant find out how much sunlight your balcony receives. Without sun your plants won’t do too well. Another important thing to ensure is to see if your plants are suitable for containers or not.
- The Plant palette: Sometime we can get ahead of ourselves. If growing flowers, use no more than shade of 4 colors, this way your small garden will not look busy or loud.
- A mix of planters: Use larger planters than small planters, using too many small planters will give it a cluttered look. Small planters are very useful in filling in the gaps between the large planters.
- Terracotta is the best: Buy terracotta pots for the balcony garden because it’s a windy and hotter space and terracotta pots keep the soil cool and drain all the excess water which otherwise might get stagnant in the pot.
- Maximize vertically: If your balcony garden is small, use tall containers optimizing vertical space as much as you can. This way you will save lot of space.
- Fruit trees: If you’ve planned to grow fruits and vegetables in your balcony, choose ones that are smaller and won’t grow too large or get stunted in the small planters.
- Say no to chemicals: Don’t spray chemical pesticides if you want to attract butterflies and birds. There are many ways you can prevent pests by making simple homemade natural pesticides.
- Even shady spaces are useful: Don’t leave shady spaces empty. You can grow herbs there. 12.Balcony railings can have pots too: Hang plastic pots on railings and plant annuals to make your space colorful. This way every inch of your balcony space can be used.
- Climbers: Use railing as trellis to support vines and climbers, you can grow different native climbers like Thungerbergia, jasmine etc on it.
- Always mulch: Because dry wind blows often in balcony do mulching. It helps in containing moisture in soil.
- Busy gardeners: If you are busy a person, plant succulents, they are maintenance free, drought tolerant and won’t die easily.
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