There is something very relaxing about the thought of sitting on a beautiful balcony and enjoying the garden view. Not just the garden view, but the feeling of the tranquil atmosphere as well. A balcony is a great place for relaxing and enjoying nature. However if you live on the north side of the country, you may want to consider apartment gardening.
I am not talking about growing flowers or vegetables on your north facing apartment balcony. It is simply a matter of planting flowers or growing vegetables in containers on your balcony that are going to be able to be moved wherever you want to move them. This is not overly difficult, but there are some things you should know before you start. If you live on the north side of the country, chances are you will have frost and depending on where you live, temperatures may vary for quite a while during the fall and winter months. Depending on how far you live from the city, it may be necessary to have the water turned off before starting. Also, if you want to enjoy your balcony, chances are your electricity bill will be higher as well.
The first thing you need to do when planning apartment gardening is decide where you want to place your balcony. Most people choose a balcony to enjoy looking out onto the garden or their yard. However if you do have an attached garage attached to your home, this is another option. Just be sure to check with your apartment building’s rules and regulations before you get started.
The next step in planning is to figure out what plants you are going to plant. It is easy to get carried away and plant flowers that you see no need for. This is not the best idea while balcony gardening as you want to keep your plants healthy, so look at your garden and see what types of plants grow best and whether those plants can be grown in your current location.
Once you have decided on the plants you want to grow you can then start planning for the type of growing method you are going to use. Some plants are best suited for being indoors all the time, while others will do well if they are kept outdoors a couple times each year. Also consider the amount of sunlight your plants will need to grow well. Many indoor plants will do fine with twice as much sunlight as plants that need more.
Be sure to check out what type of fertilizer you will need to use on your plants as well. Fertilizer is essential for any kind of growing venture and should be used when needed. Also make sure to use a soil conditioner when using fertilizers and never use grass clippings as a fertilizer.
Watering is another essential part of having a balcony. Watering needs to be done regularly as it helps to keep the plants healthy. However, do not water the plants on a regular basis. Instead, only water when the soil surface is dry. This ensures that no moisture is lost from the balcony.
So, now you know the basics of building your own balcony garden. You should start planning what type of plants, decorations and other things you will use to make your balcony garden spectacular. Take your time, research and take your time so that you do not rush things and spoil the beauty of your balcony. If you are still having problems building your own balcony garden, do not worry, just hire someone to build it for you. You will definitely be glad you did.