Ultimate Balcony Gardening Tips to Follow
Balcony Gardening Tips
Few gardening tools, a small packet of manure, limited soil, and your few minutes daily are the only required ingredients to give life to a beautiful garden on the balcony. Start with preparing a simple plan and budget in advance according to the size of your patio. Keep in mind the size and structure of your balcony, your available time and your willingness to make a garden bloom. We will help you in adding some aesthetics to the place of your dreams.
Light Up Your Balcony Garden
Your mini-garden very much depends on its exposure to the sun. South and west-facing balconies get full sunlight almost all day long and make sure that the plants receive sunlight for a minimum of 6 hours daily.
Availability of Quality Soil
The space available for the growth of your plants will be less than a regular garden, so be sure to choose soil of excellent quality and adequate amount to optimize the development of the plant.
Choose Right Plants
Here consider the direction of your balcony that it faces (north, east, south or west). Remember that the soil will dry up more quickly depending on the sunlight falling on it, and you may need to choose the right plants that are more tolerant to heat. Tender shade-loving plants cannot grow smooth in west-facing balconies, as with direct sunlight at the warmest time of the day, they're susceptible to drying out.
The key to making the most of your tiny balcony is vertical gardening. You can use stack planters, railing planters, vertical wall planters, and hanging planters for an aesthetically attractive balcony garden. A wall pocket is another great idea. You can incorporate a variety of plant sizes, from spillers, fillers and thrillers, without a significant commitment.
Go for Compost Tea
Opt for a top dressing of Compost tea which is a brilliant choice for anyone living in an apartment who wants to compost but has nowhere to put their waste products. Compost tea hydrates the plants more than watering does. This brings into action a low maintenance gardening and recyclable lifestyle. If you want to save compost and add more drainage, add some small stones/rocks into the bottom of your pots before adding compost. Soil-based composts will keep your plants hydrated and reduce the risk of your compost drying out.
Use of Right Containers
Since smaller nursery pots dry out more quickly, non-porous pots with greater depth and width are recommended as they will hold a greater volume of compost and more moisture. If you are in a windy area, this makes the plants prone to blowing over.
If Possible, Use automatic irrigation.
A big concern for balcony gardeners is watering. It's a priority. If you are in a windy area, your plants will need more watering. Terra cotta pots require more frequent watering than plastic or fibreglass. You can also take advantage of self-watering pots that ensure your plants are only fed when needed. Installation of automatic irrigation systems for your balcony garden is recommended as our busy lives won't hinder the growth of some lives on the balcony.
Prepare for windy conditions.
Strong winds are expected in high-rise balconies, and they can damage plants and quickly dehydrate both the plants and soil. Erecting a screen or natural windbreak, and if those are not an option, choosing wind-tolerant plants will find a way to thrive in this condition.
Cut the top ends of the plants at regular intervals, which can be once in 10 to 15 days. Use clay pots as they have a natural property of keeping the soil cool. An appropriate mix of fertilizer/manure in the pot/soil will help enhance the plants' growth. Create a slight shade to protect delicate plants from excessive sunlight. Plant the seeds as per the required depth, which facilitates their early growth. Residing tall plants towards the end wall and shorter plants in front ease the watering and give an elegant look.