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Living in a small space shouldn't hinder your ability to have fresh fruits, vegetables and flowers. It may feel like an impossible task to grow fresh tomatoes, herbs, cucumbers or even strawberries while living in an apartment or condo, but it's not.
There are many ways you can turn your balcony or patio into green space without too much effort or cost. By clustering containers together, you can create an oasis of plant material, mixing flowers with vegetables and even shrubs.
There are a few things to consider before starting out:
Most plants survive well in containers, as long as the containers are large enough to contain the roots and care is taken to prepare the soil first. Container gardens require more watering than in-ground gardens because they dry out quickly. The type of planter you use will dictate just how much watering and care the plants will need. The variety of containers is wide now, unlike years ago when you had the choice of only terra cotta or plastic.
Once you've determined the types of plants and containers you need, you can get started. Make sure you prepare the soil to the requirements of the plants you choose and keep them watered. Containers will dry out faster than in-ground plantings so care should be taken not to let them dry out or not to over-water.
There are no limits to what you can grow in your small balcony or patio space. Make it pretty and enjoy your little oasis!
1st Photo credit: Dancing Sloth, Creative Commons 2.0
2nd Photo credit: boboroshi, Creative Commons 2.0
Going through my mail this morning - I just read in my Armstrong Garden catalog that if you have a low light balcony, your best bet is to grow herbs!
Ooh, very good, Katie!