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Balcony Gardens

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Gardening in New York can be daunting - but have no fear, we're here to help! This month we're sharing some of our favorite urban garden inspiration with you. Now it is not a backyard in the suburbs, but it is not a fire escape either. A balcony is big enough for a garden lover, but small enough for one with a full-time job. If you're lucky enough to call the city home - and have a balcony to boot - enjoy our inspiration and tips below... 

above: Balcony Plant Design by The Sill

9 Tips for Balcony Gardeners-To-Be: 

  1. Study your light. Which direction does your balcony face? Pick the appropriate plants. 
  2. Try to keep everything in containers to make seasonal-changes easier to facilitate. 
  3. Choose sturdy containers like terra cotta or stoneware over plastic, which will hold in moisture better and have better stability on windy days. 
  4. Group planters together to making watering more efficient. During hot summer days, some plants could need to be watered daily! 
  5. Don't be afraid to grow herbs and vegetables! 
  6. Make the most of it. IKEA is a great source for inexpensive outdoor furniture - even a little folding chair will make all the difference. 
  7. Create privacy. Add trellis and train climbing plants to grow up them. This also adds vertical interest. 
  8. Make peace with the "wildlife" - don't let a curious squirrel ruin your day.
  9. Find inspiration to help get you started in our dedicated City Stoops, Yards, & Terraces Pinterest board



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