Life in the city has become so hectic these days that it’s impossible to just stop and take a breather. Being a hard working professional, one often does not get the time to pursue one’s hobby as passionately as he or she would like. Some hobbies may not take too much of your time. However, for someone who loves to spend hours tending to their garden – watering the plants, disinfecting them, supplying best quality nourishment to the soil – a hobby like gardening is quite time consuming.
Lovers of gardening, nevertheless, still manage to find time from their busy schedule to spend some quality time with their plants. It’s easy to envy those with an easy access to the flat roof or the backyard of the house they live in. But, if you live in a society building, where the roof and the back backyard is way out of your reach, it seems like a distant dream to have a garden to your name.
Fortunately, every multistory building comes with balconies that receive proper sunlight. Whether you already have a few potted plants in your balcony or plan to start a new one, it’s important that you figure how to go about it. Getting a balcony garden is easy but maintaining it is difficult. Since you live in a multistory apartment, you should be aware of the society rules and regulations regarding any kind of permanent additions you may or may not make to your balcony. Once you get a green signal, follow these steps to turn your cute balcony into gorgeous garden:
Space Measurement: Unless you know how much space you have to start up a balcony garden, you cannot move ahead with the idea. You have to measure the area physically in order to arrange for the materials and plants. Other than that, the availability of water and sunlight, the effects of weather, which balcony portion should be glorified, knowing it all is also important. Depending on the availability of space, you should also have a seating arrangement.
What are your intentions with your garden? Many have garden with a sole purpose of beautifying the area without much hassle. Do you have similar plans or would you like to put it to some important use as well? Many also grow a variety of vegetables and herbs in their balcony. If you intend to do that, find out, according to the size of your balcony, which veggies and herbs would be the best choice for you.
Focus on your garden: Forget the rest. If you wish to beautify your garden, you obviously cannot litter it with other unnecessary items. The more space you make for your garden the better it will flourish. Therefore, if a storage box occupies a corner of your balcony, find a new place for it.
Plants: When it’s about plants, it’s best not to jumble it up altogether. Keep similar plant together so that there is unity even in diversity. It will make the garden area look bigger. Using plant hangers and wracks will serve a dual purpose; one, it will allow better use of the space and two, it will give your balcony garden an elegant look.