Having an apartment full of plants sounds like a wonderful idea right? We have all heard that some apartment dwellers do not wish to have anything to do with plants and want their apartment to be free of everything. Yes, apartment gardening can be quite difficult, but it is quite possible. We have to ask ourselves what kind of apartment we live in. Is it windy? Plants do need a lot of sunlight.
If the apartment building is facing an ocean or if it gets a lot of rain, plants will not thrive as well. Of course there are other factors to consider, such as wind, too much water or the location of the building itself. But it has to be understood that plants can be a challenge for apartment gardeners. If we are on a tight budget, that does not mean we should not try to plan a beautiful apartment garden. We can do it by using a few different plants and beautiful planters.
If the balcony rail is metal and it is metal coated, then it may not be good for windy areas. Metal can get rusted in strong winds. If the plants are going to be in direct sun, then they are of no use for places where the sun is strong. You should take this into account. Potted plants do not need any special treatment for areas with strong winds. Potted plants are quite easy to move around if you do not want them to stay in one place permanently.
Garden decorating is really not all that different from conventional landscaping. You would need to plan a budget, select a plan, get professional advice, and spend time planning your garden. The same principles apply to apartment gardening as well. You should spend enough time choosing the right pots and planters for your garden.
The size and type of plants you plant will depend on the size of the balcony garden and also on how much sun and shade you get in that area. If you have large plants spread over a wide area, then the whole garden may look a lot less appealing. You may have to choose compact plants for that space. In a balcony garden, you can have much more freedom with your design choices.
Garden soil does not have to be rich and fertile. In most cases, a good quality potting soil mix is enough for most plants. It can help to fertilize your plants before you plant them. However, if your soil is too poor, then the plants will not survive. Fertilizing your plants is important, but you do not have to use large amounts of pesticides.
As the plants grow, you can repot them at any time. In fact, you should report every two or three years. For some climates, this is not a problem. For others, however, it is very important that you remove the pots from the balcony or deck as often as possible. If you have several plants on one pot, then you may want to consider two pots, or use several smaller pots of varying depths.
Finally, when you are ready to plant your garden in your balcony garden, you should choose a spot that is free from any leaves or weeds. The best spot is where the majority of sunlight hits the plant. You will also need to line the planting area with wire, or you will need to use pots that fit securely in the ground. You can fill the planter with dirt but let the soil settle before placing the plant in. Covering the plant will help prevent weeds from growing, while adding extra insulation for your plant.