Gardening is one of the most soothing and satisfactory experiences of your life, but gardening is an acquired taste, so its not for everybody. If you know what I am talking about then this article is perhaps the right one for you.
I love a garden in my front porch. It makes the whole house look better, but for me and a lot of you, gardening is much more then that. It is our hobby, our escape and our peace. But not everyone can have a garden these days and I had to learn it the hard way.
I stay in an urban city where you hardly have space for your house, let alone a porch. So gardens have taken a back seat. But there are ways you can still have a garden, either in your balcony or in your Terrace.
Rooftop gardening tips are common, so I thought I will share you some easy tips to have a nice balcony garden.
The Right Light
Lighting is very important for plants, as important as the air or water itself. It is imperative that you have enough light in your balcony to have those plants grow there. Make sure you know how many hours of sunlight you have in the balcony, the intensity of the light and where the light falls exactly. Make sure you pay attention to indirect sunlight as well, before you make a decision.
Preparing the Containers
The pots or containers that the plants grow in are also very important to their growth. Imagine your house was not adequate enough, would you be happy? It is the same with plants as well. Make sure the containers are compatible with the plant’s growth. It is also important to have containers that don’t crack in case you have cold winters at your place.
Preparing the Soil
The soil, if you ask me, is the most important aspect of the whole thing. It is the food that your plants need and as such it should not be made of dirt. Yes, don’t use dirt or sand as a soil and avoid dry soil with moss, pea gravel or shredded cedar. To make a better soil mixture for your plants use a top dressing of compost.
Watering is important and I don’t even have to tell you about it. You need to water your plants adequately. If you are staying in a windy region, you will need to water your plants more. However, you should make sure you don’t rush the watering of your plants and let the water drain from the soil.