Growing a garden is such an enjoyable hobby. Even if you have limited space in your home or apartment, it’s still possible to grow a garden. That’s right! You can turn your balcony into a beautiful backyard. Growing a garden provides you with the perfect retreat from a busy lifestyle. It’s also a great way to transform a dull space into a gorgeous lounge area. Plus, there is nothing more satisfying than growing your own food. With a couple gardening tips and techniques, you’ll be able to transform your balcony. Let’s talk about Gardening in Limited Space!
Design Your Layout
It’s really important to wisely set your layout when you’re working with limited space. This is vital to take full advantage of every square foot you have.
Don’t think only in terms of floor space. Go vertical!
Place pots and plant beds on the walls. Many types of greenery don’t require a large area to grow. Herbs, lettuce, arugula and even strawberries will do just fine and serve as lovely wall decoration. Or simply mount canning jars to the wall, fill them with soil and place your plants. Not all plants are appropriate for this set up, but greenery that needs considerable drainage will adapt perfectly.
Probably the most important thing you need to consider is the position of your balcony. Does it receive enough sunlight or is it situated in a shady area? Will you be able to easily supply your balcony garden with water? Generally the environment and the position will determine the types of plants you can grow. You need to carefully examine the flaws and benefits of your space.
Pick the Right Seeds
Now that you’ve considered your space, you can decide what types of plants to grow. There are a couple ways to get your garden started. You can either purchase seeds and plant them inside your house or get seedling that you can put in the containers right away. Gardening and landscape experts prefer the first option. You can purchase a seed starter kit to get you started. Here’s a link to the Seed Starter Kit at Burpee.
If your balcony doesn’t receive enough sunlight and warmth, you should avoid warm season plants like tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers. Instead pick broccoli, cabbage or beets. The Burpee Growing Calender Guide can help you get started.
Soil and Planting Bed
The soil is a corner stone when it comes to gardening. Purchase soil from the gardening store. Mulch and fertilizers are important to maintain the healthy state of your soil. Organic ingredients are by far superior to conventional synthetic products. You can even use your kitchen compost to create your own fertilizer.
You can either buy planting beds or make ones, customized for your own place. There are many DIY tips and ideas online. Be sure that there is enough space for your plants to develop a root system. The bottom line is to consider the width and depth of the planting bed you need.
Here are a few of my favorite pre-made custom gardening boxes:
- Bloomers! offers a unique gardening box complete with soil and seeds. It’s also an educational tool for kids.
- Emily’s Garden
- Hydrofarm Tomato Barrel
The last two I mentioned are based on hydroponics and are specifically designed to be used in limited space. Read my Review of Hydroponic Systems to learn more. You can also read my post on How to Build a Hydroponic System for some DIY suggestions.
If you’re ready to start Gardening with Limited Space, it’s really easy and totally possible. Go ahead! Create your own “green” retreat and enjoy the tasty and toxic-free products that you are personally growing.
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