How to Spruce Up Your Balcony Garden

Living in a big city has its positives. You have the ability to walk everywhere you need to go, and entertainment and culture are right at your fingertips. A big city also means no yard and limited access to nature. A good city will have a park or two, maybe even a community garden, but there’s something special about cultivating a plot of land right outside your house. Don’t let the city wilt your inner gardener! Modern cities are crowded with porches and balconies just waiting for a healthy splash of greenery.  You can give any porch a garden makeover with these five urban garden tips. 




A trellis is a good option when designing a balcony garden. Small trellises are not expensive and are available in many different materials. Get innovative for an atypical look. Line a small fenced area with varying heights of trellises for a diverse use of space. A trellis can also sit inside a large planter if your plants need to stretch out deeper roots. If you want to cultivate options for the dinner table, fruits and vegetables like tomatoes, beans, melons, and squash can be trained to climb. Trellises are readily available at most home improvement stores. They add a nice latticework pattern to a balcony garden.



Garden On Wheels

Sometimes, it’s useful to have a mobile balcony garden. A movable home for your plants is good if you live in a place where the balcony is shared or at risk of being trashed. There are plenty of creative ways to craft a garden on wheels. Use an old metal children’s wagon or add wheels to a long plastic planter. With some drainage holes drilled in the bottom, you’ll have a handy mobile balcony garden to fill with your favorite flowers. If an unexpected frost hits, simply wheel your garden inside to keep it safe.



Fenced Containers

If you have room, a rectangular fenced-in plot is functional and offers protection from visiting pests. This option is more commonly seen in full-fledged yards, but on the right balcony, it can add a welcoming dash of green. Mount chicken wire inside a wooden frame bed. Attach posts to the outside walls of the frame and fill it with soil. If you are working in a yard, these posts can be hammered right into the ground. Then place large planting pots inside the enclosure and trim any excess wire (in a yard, plants can be put directly in the ground). If you have room, a little flagstone pathway weaving between planters is a whimsical touch. It’s a big project for a balcony garden, but if you have the right balcony, you can grow your own respite to counter the concrete jungle.



Step Garden

This is a clever technique best for small spaces, known for its charm and simplicity. Construct or purchase evenly graduated wooden frames. The largest frame will serve as your base. If you are working on a cement surface, this piece will need to have a bottom. Once you have your frames, stack them like stairs against a wall or railing and fill them with soil. When you plant, use the top steps for plants with longer roots, like carrots. The bottom tiers can hold flowers and plants used with more shallow soil. Need a fun weekend project? Add some color and personality with acrylics paints.


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