If you’re a college student, both your time and resources are probably fairly limited. If you don’t live on campus, you probably live in a fairly small space because that’s all you could afford. Perhaps you share a house with several room mates, or maybe you live in an apartment building. It matters not how much space you have, as long as you have a little outdoor space, you can have your own little urban Eden. Container gardening, with a little time, and some patience, is a rewarding and delightful way to grow your own food. I am the organizational queen, and there is nothing I love more than creating unique and awe inspiring spaces, so when I started doing research for my own balcony garden, I was really keen on creating a unique and beautiful space for all those who spent anytime on my sky high balcony. So, I embarked on a serious hunt and pursued all the best resources as if I were searching for a top online college. I had so many questions. What do I plant? When do I plant, and more aesthetically, what do I plant my seeds in? Lucky for me, there is an entire community solely dedicated to designing apartment gardens, and thankfully, I was able to educate myself on what containers work best for my space. Here are a few things to consider when designing your own balcony garden.
Clay & Terra Cotta – I adore the look of terra cotta, and there are plenty of benefits to using it in your garden. It’s relatively inexpensive, and comes in a myriad of shapes and sizes. Unglazed pots are quite porous, which is both beneficial and detrimental; A porous container allows for more air circulation and because this requires a more vigorous watering routine, in the summer months, this feature ensures that your roots maintain a cool temperature. The down side, because of it’s fragility, in the winter months, it’s likely to crack with the expansion of water within the soil.
Plastic Pots – There are two major drawbacks to using plastic. The first, is it can be difficult to find interesting looking pots, and when you do find unique designs, they can be on the pricey side. The second issue, is that if the pots are coloured, they tend to fade rather quickly after constant sun exposure. Other than that, plastic is practical, wonderfully durable, and long-lasting.
Wood – Everyone loves the look of beautiful wooden planter. It’s earthy, intricate, and esthetically pleasing. However, wood can present a few issues that clay and plastic don’t face. Wooden planters are really heavy which can be a problem if you have a weight restriction on your balcony. Another factor, is that wood, if not treated, will rot over some time. Redwood or cedar are naturally decay resistant if you are really set on having wooden planters become a part of your urban Eden.