Making the most of a balcony garden
Turning an outdoor balcony into a garden does not have to involve a lot of effort if you plan out your garden before you actually start the project, and take full advantage of the many different plants that can grow out of containers. Here are just a few tips to help sure you make the most out of your balcony garden.
First of all, optimise the space on your balcony by utilising hanging and shelving baskets so that you can make more room for your garden versus what will fit in a planter on the ground. choosing smaller, dwarf plant varieties also means that you can fit more in. For instance, if you choose a dwarf cherry tomato plant you can easily place it in a hanging basket whereas a regular tomato plant is going to quickly eat up space on the balcony.
Next, you need to make sure that all of your containers have some type of drainage hole on the bottom so that water does not collect in the soil and kill the plants. You will have to place drop trays underneath the plants to keep them from ruining the balcony, but in return you will have healthier plants.
Finally, remember that potted plants will require more water than regular plants in the ground because the soil dries out so be sure to water your plants on a daily basis. While watering make sure that you avoid hitting the leaves as damp leaves can cause fungal growth.