Gardening for Balconies and Small Spaces
If you live in an apartment, condo or townhouse, and have little outdoor space, you still have the opportunity to create a garden. You'll create cleaner air, have a lush balcony or deck, and make great opportunities to view local birds and other wildlife.
Gardening ideas for small spaces:
- Evergreen shrubs planted in containers, decorative rock piles or nest boxes will offer
- Seed, nectar or berry producing plants will attract small birds. Supplement these plants with bird feeders (seed and nectar) to attract birds year-round.
- Small water fountains, birdbaths or a small, shallow dish of fresh water will attract small wildlife. Replace the water daily to avoid mosquitoes.
- Nest boxes, hanging baskets, window and railing boxes, or trellis-climbing vines will save space.
- Upwards-planted gardens will help you use your vertical space.
Tips for gardening on your balcony:
Sunlight: Choose the appropriate plants for the conditions of your balcony or small space. If you have a north-facing space, choose shade-tolerant plants; for a south-facing space, choose plants that require full sunlight.
Balcony weight restrictions: Look into the weight restrictions of your balcony before creating your balcony habitat project. Choose plastic containers that are lightweight and durable rather then the heavy alternatives.
Native plants: Plant a variety of native plants in your balcony or small space garden. There are many benefits of planting native plants including the fact that they are low maintenance.
Plant growth: Pick plants based on their future size. It's nice to have a full garden, but be careful when planning your small space garden.