Guides to start gardening at balcony

A balcony garden can be as complicated or simple as you want. You can spend thousands of dollars or you can do it for very little money. With plant and container choices you can either make a relatively low maintenance, easy balcony garden, or you can do a full-on farm. It depends on your space, light and exposure and the amount of time, energy and or money you want to spend.

Gardening at balcony

Balconies are usually microclimates, differing significantly from the climate on the ground.

There can even be different microclimates even on a tiny balcony. If an area is shaded, that can be one climate, if another area is exposed to the wind, which is a different climate. Also, the conditions on balconies can be extreme, with huge temperature fluctuations. Also, surface treatments can affect how hot or cool your balcony is and if it retains the heat over time.

There are beautiful plants for almost every condition possible. The trick is to really figure out what the environment is before you plan your garden. If you take the time to really evaluate your conditions, your chances of gardening success will be greatly enhanced

If you have started recently, do not immediately fill up your balcony with so many plants. Give some time. Begin with 3 to 5 plants at a time. Once you notice things working out, go for more.

Choose what kind of plants you would like to have to put on your balcony. It depends on three essential factors:

• The climate you are living in.

• The direction of your balcony and its exposure to the sun.

• The time you have available to treat them.

For a balcony flower garden, use Thriller Spiller Filler concept to create great arrangements of plants in containers.

Do not use plants with more than 3 different colors in addition to green. This way, your balcony will not look too busy or over-cluttered, and you will continue to enjoy a rational and airy feel.

Even better, choose a color palette using different tones or shades of the same color, or using complementary colors, to create a more beautiful view.

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