Postedon March 20th 2013.
Many people living in flats still want to be able to enjoy gardening. The presence of a balcony or a flat roof space (provided it can safely take the weight) allows for this to be done, albeit on a smaller scale. The key is to use raised beds and containers to provide areas for planting in.
Use of Containers
Obviously there is no soil on balconies or roofs like there is in a normal garden. This doesn't however mean that you can't grow plants. Using containers means you can grow a large range of plants in a small area. Growing plants in hanging baskets, wall planters and window boxes means you can take advantage of all the space provided by a balcony.
The walls of a balcony are obviously quite a major, and imposing, feature. Painting them, putting up decorations or even growing plants up them are all things to consider. Pots with trellis attached to the back can be used to grow climbers that will cover the trellis blocking the walls and increasing the feeling of being outside in nature.
Living in a flat doesn't have to mean missing out on wildlife either. Planting up your balcony or roof garden with nectar rich plants will attract pollinating insects and butterflies just as they would in a normal garden. It's even possible to grow a mini wildflower meadow in a pot to attract insects. Putting up bird feeders and a bird bath will attract birds.
Benefits of a Balcony Garden
- Allows you to garden even if your 5 stories up!
- Plants will bring life and colour to what otherwise could be a dull and dreary place
- Insects and birds may be attracted, creating a wildlife haven for you to enjoy
- Provides a beautiful area to relax and entertain