Beginner’s Guide on How to Set Up a Balcony Garden
Grow beautiful plants and even small root vegetables by learning how to create a balcony garden.
As the pandemic continues, we are still restricted to go out, so having a balcony, no matter how big or small, is the perfect outdoor space to get some fresh air and sunlight ( yes, living inside for almost a year has turned us into plants). It’s the ideal spot to drink your coffee and work or study since it’s an extension of your home office, living space, or dining space. Plus, it’s pretty convenient considering it doesn’t contain soil, weeds, and has fewer pests.
So if you want to create the balcony garden of your dreams, several ideas can help you get started, such as container gardening, vertical gardening, lush plant walls, herb gardening, and permaculture gardening. Don’t worry because these ideas are all budget-friendly and easy to do. Before you get started, here are the golden rules on how to set up a balcony garden, so you’re on the right path.
- First things first, you must consider the watering system, like how you’ll water your plants and where the water will go. You don’t want to hear complaints from your neighbor downstairs about leaking water. It’s best to install an outside tap to make the watering task easier.
- Safety first! Avoid placing containers or plants on your balcony’s railings since there’s a chance that it might fall off and can cause an accident. Place your plants on the ground and make sure to provide support like wires to keep them in place.
- If you’re one of the lucky ones who has a spacious balcony, add a sitting area with comfy pillows and blankets. You can also decorate the walls with lights or small artwork.
- Your balcony plants will depend on how much sun your space is getting. For sunny balconies, you might probably need to bring in some shade because your plants might die from full sunlight.
- Choose flowering plants that will fill your space with magical scents.
- Of course, for your balcony garden to last, you’ll need to maintain it by showering it with TLC. It doesn’t take too much time to sweep dead leaves, water your plant babies, and spruce it up.
Balcony Garden Plants and Planters
For sunny balconies, it’s best to plant drought-tolerant plants, such as succulents, cacti, geraniums, marigolds, and petunias. It’s low-maintenance, and it adds pops of color to your space. If you have a shady balcony area, you can consider adding plants, such as bamboos, fatsia, and hostas.
One of the most common types of balcony garden is container gardening since the space doesn’t contain any soil. It can be cute pots and planters, hanging baskets, or window boxes.
Decorate Your Balcony Garden
There are many ways to make your balcony garden look visually pleasing, like repainting the walls and hanging small wall art or a macramé wall hanging art. You can also change the furniture to make it more suitable for your outdoor space, such as rattan chairs or a bistro table. Additionally, it helps when you have a theme for your balcony garden. One of the most popular gardening trends is creating a white garden or gray garden. Lastly, add storage space for your gardening tools and other items to keep your balcony clean and organized.
Maintain Your Balcony Garden
Your balcony garden is most likely exposed to your neighbors and other building in the area, so it’s important to keep it clean and neat by allotting time every week to sweep dead leaves, water, and prune your plants, and to simply spruce up the entire area. Even 10 minutes every week will do. Also, create a watering schedule for your plants to keep them healthy.
Keep the green going in your home by starting a balcony garden! Check out our Plant Care blog to learn more about different houseplants and tips on how to keep your plants alive and healthy.
Whatever houseplant you choose to transform your home into a lively oasis, you’ll definitely need a stylish planter to display your plant baby in. No matter what your style, there’s an Omysa planter that will be perfect with your garden and home’s décor. From ceramics to fiberstone, check out Omysa’s Shop and add it to your cart!