When you first hear the words balcony garden bed, what comes to mind? A large green oasis at the front or backyard of your apartment? A lush bed of plants surrounding a large lawn? A plot of land with flowers and vegetables? Probably not…
But maybe you have thought of planting veggies and fruits on your balcony, or in your apartment balcony garden. There are many ways to do this, and one way that is both simple and fun is using wooden crates and pots. With the right tools and a little planning, you can create a beautiful vegetable garden that is simple, easy maintenance, and very sustainable too.
Wooden crates and planters are simple, and a great addition to any apartment gardening project. Wooden crates are containers made from cedar, redwood, oak, cherry or walnut lumber, and are lightweight and durable. They can be purchased pre-made at your local gardening supply store or online, and come in a variety of sizes, shapes, colors, and materials. You can find these at home improvement stores, hardware stores, department stores, and even online at eBay and Amazon.
To use your balcony garden for vegetables, start out by lining the bottom of each box with a protective cover to keep soil from getting into the bottom holes of the boxes. Fill the top holes of the boxes with soil and plant seeds or seedlings of your favorite vegetables. If you are planting more than one vegetable, be sure to spread them out a bit so that they have room to grow. Terra cotta pots work great for growing vegetables and can be found at your local gardening supply store or online. The cool thing about these pots is that they can be made to order and usually have some sort of handles or slats on them to help hold the soil in place.
As mentioned, hanging planters are another option for growing vegetables in a balcony garden bed. These are also made from cedar, redwood, oak, cherry or walnut lumber and can be bought pre-fabricated at a garden supply store or online. Be sure that when you are purchasing these planters that you also have enough of the right sized holes drilled in them to allow the soil to get in the base of the planter. Hanging planters can be a little tricky, but after reading through the instruction manual it should be no trouble for you to set them up.
After you have your plants established and they have taken root, it will be time to put your gardening efforts to the test. If you haven’t noticed already, balcony gardens are not very high off the ground. Since the soil has to go a long way down, the plants will need a lot of room to grow. To maximize space usage, planters with multiple tiers can be used. This will give the plants more storage space without using up too much area in the apartment.
Now that you have your plants established, all that’s left to do is to let Mother Nature take its course. You may find that you are in need of a little herb gardening help. Fortunately, there are a number of people who enjoy building DIY herb gardens and who would be glad to share their techniques with others who are in a similar situation. In the end, by working together and learning from one another, you can create a beautiful garden on a limited budget and with limited space.
By using pots and pans to grow your herbs, veggies, or flowers, you are taking small steps toward improving your lifestyle in other ways. Potted plants are easy to move around if you move, while traditional vegetables have to be replanted each year. In addition to being time-consuming, this method of gardening is expensive when compared with container gardening methods. By learning a bit about container gardening and following a few simple gardening tips, you can make small containers to plant your own herbs, vegetables, or potted plants on your balcony.