Apartment Balcony Gardening Ideas

This year I am planning on growing plants on my apartment balcony, so since I am going to be researching this for myself. Why not share the Apartment Balcony Gardening Ideas that I find, now if this interests you as well feel free to join me on my journey in search of some inspiration.

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Balcony Gardening Beginners Guide

Let us begin with the basics of preparing for you new project, you might have just moved into a new apartment and are craving to create a balcony garden. Never fret Gizmos Deals has a step-by-step plan for you to follow, if you are brand new to this even better.

  1. Permission is the first rule to save you from any legal problems, so checking with your landlord or apartment manager is your first step. Depending on where you live there could be restrictions, now is the best time to find out not after you create your outdoor paradise.
  2. There might be restrictions on the weight of the container plants allowed, you might even find height might be something that needs to be checked out as well.
  3. I love hanging baskets, but my apartment building forbids drilling holes to hang them, so unless you can find alternate solutions this is something to consider.
  4. Drilling on the ceilings or the walls might be forbidden, so be sure you fully understand if this is permitted or are there special methods that has to be done.
  5. What I am seriously considering is using a Vertical Garden against my wall, so this might be an option for you as well to think about.
  6. Next, we need to measure our balcony before anything else. What I am thinking is to use one of the Free Home Design Planners online, but you could also simply do this on a piece of paper instead.
  7. Are you planning on including furniture is important, you will need to account for the space that your chairs and tables or anything else is going to take from your planting area.
  8. Once you configure how much area you have left over for your plants, you will have a much better idea
  9. With your space known now you can decide on the measurements of the planters or pots you want to use, so now every foot is going to be critical depending how many of these you was thinking of including.
  10. What direction does your balcony face is critical for plant selection, I just happen to be lucky to have a east facing balcony. If you have an east or west facing planting area, you can almost grow anything your heart desires.
  11. for North facing you are going to be better off choosing shade loving plants, you will find this type receives very little sun if any at all.
  12. How will you give your plants a drink of water is another thing you need to plan for, if you have a hose hookup near by this would be awesome. If not you might need to carry water to your garden, so keep this in mind.

Once you get started with this step-by-step beginners guide, you will find it is really not as complicated as you might be thinking right now. Instead of furniture, I am considering a bench or two. These take less room and would be easy for me to move, I just thought I would mention this in case you might not have thought about benches.

Spending Budget

Now that you have the basic idea how to plan this project, you will want to figure out exactly how much you are able to invest. I plan to make mine a long-term garden, so my budget is going to be smaller than if you are completing this all at one time.

  • Set Your Budget
  • Stick to Your Budget
  • Use Planters & Pots You Already Have
  • Shop for the Best Deals on Everything Else
  • Gardening Tools You Might Need to Purchase Buy on Sale or Clearance
  •  Shop Around for the Best Deals on Plants

Visit me on Twitter anytime, so we are ready to move on to maintaining our garden. This is just as important as choosing your plants, you really should read this.

apartment balcony gardening ideas

Balcony Garden Maintenance

The work is not over once you complete your garden, you will need to maintain it to enjoy the most beauty. Tender loving care is also required for your precious plants, remember these are alive and require watered regular and fertilized. Trimming brown leaves is an important task many beginners overlook, keep a close eye on them daily for pests as well.

  • Potted Plants Require Watered More Often
  • Feeding Them During Their Growing Season is a Must for Healthy Plants
  • Pruning Them Regularly to Maintain the Size You Want
  • Protecting Them From Pests & Disease is so Important
  • 20 Drops of Lavender Oil to a 16 Ounce Spray Bottle is an Easy Natural Pest Repellent Spray

With this basic maintenance plan your plants are in good hands, you are able to enjoy their beauty and scent while sitting on your balcony from spring to late fall. What I have next for you is the best plants to grow on your balcony, so if you need some inspiration don’t go away quite yet.

Balcony Garden Flower Guide

First let us consider flowers, we all love the beauty of these that brighten not only our sitting area but also our mood. You will need to consider the amount of sunlight you receive, but here are some that do extremely well for balcony gardeners.

  • Begonias
  • Chrysanthemum
  • Pansy
  • Fuchsia
  • Hydrangea
  • Petunia
  • Ferns
  • Marigold

You will find these are good choices for beginner gardeners, they do extremely well without being overly fussy to take care of. You will need to consider your sunlight before choosing any of these, but these do well with partial sun which is the most common with many apartment balconies.

Balcony Garden Fruit Guide

I am interested in growing some fruit in my garden, so if you are thinking the same this will benefit you. No use you wasting your money on fruit bearing plants that are not going to produce for you, here is the list of the best choices we have.

  • Dwarf Blueberries
  • Dwarf Fruit Trees
  • Cherries
  • Figs
  • Strawberries
  • Raspberries
  • Blackberries
  • Date Trees
  • Avocado Trees

Berries are my own personal preference, but you can experience success with any of the ones on the list above. This winter I started my own date and avocado trees from the pits, you can do this extremely easy and if you price these you will find they are quite an investment to purchase from nurseries.

apartment balcony gardening ideas

Balcony Garden Vegetable Guide

Vegetables is another option you can consider, so that is what is coming up next. Even though you can grow the large varieties in some of the vegetable plants, I prefer myself to go with the bush varieties instead. They are much easier to maintain, but this is something you must decide for yourself.

  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Bush Tomatoes
  • Bush Beans
  • Bush Cucumbers
  • Peppers
  • Radishes
  • Carrots
  • Beets
  • Peas
  • Eggplant
  • Lettuce
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Kale
  • Collard Greens

The vegetables I shared above are all extremely beginner-friendly, so any of them that are your favorites are good choices to grow. I am really interested in trying beets for the first time, ever since I had farm grown beets this has been on my mind to try. They tasted so much better than canned ones, so this is one I am excited to add to my own garden.

Balcony Garden Herb Guide

Herbs are super easy for anyone to grow, and the reason why they are native plants that just simply thrive. Very low-maintenance is required, so that makes them very good choices for beginner gardeners. Peppermint is my favorite because I love to prepare homemade tea, and this naturally eases my digestion symptoms from my autoimmune disease.

  • Peppermint
  • Spearmint
  • Thyme
  • Rosemary
  • Lavender
  • Chamomile as long as you are not allergic to ragweed
  • Oregano
  • Sage
  • Basil
  • Lemon Verbena
  • Rue
  • Curry Tree
  • Bay Leaf
  • Chives
  • Parsley
  • Coriander

With all these to choose from you will have no trouble choosing a few to try, lavender is another one of my favorites. Besides the perfume scent in the air, this naturally repels garden pests which is a natural way to keep all your plants safe and healthy without using nasty chemicals.

apartment balcony gardening ideas

Balcony Container Garden Guide

Since you will be growing in containers, you will need a basic guide to get you started. That is what I included in this article to help you, here are some simple easy steps to experiencing success. if you are in need of even more inspiration, a good source is Pinterest.

  • Be sure to get started right with high quality potting soil mix
  • High quality mixes should contain peat moss, compost, perlite, vermiculite
  • For years, I have been using Miracle-Gro, but that does not mean you have to use this brand
  • Purchasing your plants from reliable merchants is your best source for healthy plants
  • Know your light & water requirements
  • Purchase a plant moisture meter for approximately $10.00 or less
  • Watering more frequently is required growing in containers, with the plant moisture meter you will be sure to be providing the proper moisture.
  • Fertilizing regularly during their growing season will provide you healthy and beautiful plants
  • Keep blooms that are faded pruned to encourage new blooms to begin to take their place
  • Move your vulnerable plants indoors before your first frost for winter

Even though this guide is very basic it might be new to you, I remember when I began container gardening how I was killing my plants by overwatering them. That is when I found the solution with the plant moisture meter, and this is such a small investment for such a valuable tool.

Seeds Versus Plants

We all must decide which is the best for us, what I suggest is if you are only purchasing a few plants and wish to invest the money this is a good option. For someone who is planning on growing more than a few containers, you will save money by starting them with seeds. I purchase rare or unique plants from reliable sources, but annuals, vegetables, and herbs I go with seeds. That is just what I do for myself, you must decide what works the best for yourself. Thank you for visiting Gizmos Deals, and if you have any questions feel free to leave me a comment.

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