If you want to start your own balcony garden, here are some tips to get you started!
Your little balcony must be easy for you to maintain even at the start, so take it easy. If you do not have the time to maintain it, you can keep low-care plants for a start.
Create a plan in advance, keeping in mind the dimensions of your balcony. Do a small sketch on paper to provide you an idea of the opportunities you may have on your space.
Determine your budget before you start. Many people consider that a balcony garden with a few flower pots may not be very costly. Though true, this depends on what plants you are growing. The price may just vary accordingly. Take your time so that you will not spend beyond your budget.
Do not forget watering. It’s a priority. If you own a balcony that faces south or west or in case your balcony is windy or if you live in tropics, you’re going to have to water your plants more often.
If ever you will go on a trip, you should have a troubleshooting strategy to water your plants. Is calling your neighbour an alternative? If not, settling on an automatic watering method in your pots and planters is a good idea.
Assess the amount of sunshine and the length of sunlight exposure your balcony receives. Is it facing the north or the south? The plants that you choose should depend on the exposure to the sun of your balcony.
If you happen to live in a rented apartment or condo, you have to know whether there are distinctive regulations and rules to follow, depending on the area you are living. In some areas, the suspension of plants outside railings is against the law. There are also the constraints of load weight of pots and planters. So it is good to find that out earlier before you start.
To provide a bit of gaiety and colour to your balcony, plant some flowers. Relying on your taste, wants and the constraints of your balcony as to space, sunlight exposure and budget, the chances are unending.
Assess your area and select flowering plants based on it. For instance, you could grow climbing plants because they gather vertical space or if you have more space, plant your shrubs in pots. Smaller plants that don’t take a lot of horizontal space will most likely have a good position on the balconies.
Check out the brightness of your balcony. In a shaded area, green plants like ivies and ferns are best. You can also plant vines like clematis, honeysuckles, jasmine or bleeding heart based on what fits your climate. On a large balcony with a lot of sun exposure, you can opt for shrubs like citrus, oleander, gardenia, shrub roses or heather in a pot.
Consider the seasons. The flowers and vegetables you decide on to grow may not necessarily bloom all year in your balcony. So, decide on the plants in line with the season.
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