Spring is in the air, and that means it’s time to get out in the garden! You don’t have to have a big yard to garden- there is plenty you can do with a balcony. Ginger Valley Garden Center is just eight minutes away from Main Street Village Apartments and is the perfect place to get your balcony garden started. Check out this intro to balcony gardening that we put together with the help of Greg Leyes over at Ginger Valley.
The first step to getting your balcony garden going is to observe its exposure to sunlight. Is your balcony in full sunlight, partial sunlight, or the shade? Full sunlight is eight or more hours per day. Partial is between four and seven hours per day. Shade is considered less than four hours.
Next, decide what containers to use. Most pottery containers have holes in the bottom for drainage. If you are using recycled containers, you need to make sure that they can drain. Either add holes to the bottom or put a layer of gravel in the bottom. Be sure not to use topsoil in your containers. Greg says that for container gardening, you should use soil labeled “soilless mix” or “for container gardening.”
Greg tells us to select plants with two things in mind: the amount of sun and the space on the balcony. Vegetables and herbs are great selections for balconies in full sun. Wave petunias also do well in full sun. For balconies in partial sun, choose flowering plants or shade plants like geraniums. Greg also emphasizes the importance of checking labels when it comes to size and space requirements, especially for fruit trees and bushes. Many of these are sold as miniatures of other plants, often under the name “dwarf.” If the regular plant is 100 feet tall, the “dwarf” version may grow up to twenty feet! Greg suggests buying trees that have a maximum growth of five feet, as the trunk can become half as thick as the tree is high, taking up precious space. For balconies in the shade, choose begonias or impatiens. You don’t have to have full sun to have beautiful flowers! Ginger Valley has made it easy to select plants for your balcony, as they organize all of theirs by the amount of sunlight required.
The three most important aspects of maintaining your balcony garden are water, insecticides, and fertilizer. Greg tells us that the more soil in the container, the easier it will be for your plant to thrive. This is because the soil retains water and nutrients. Be sure to choose fertilizer designed for your plant type. The folks over at Ginger Valley will be able to help you choose the right fertilizer and insecticide, and they sell both organic and chemical options. Whatever you decide to grow on your balcony, be prepared to bring it inside for winter. If your plants freeze in their containers, they could be deprived of water all winter long.
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