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