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How to Build a Balcony Garden

Chicago Tenant Tending his Balcony GardenIf your Chicago rental house has a balcony or patio but not much yard space, you can still satisfy your green thumb and grow your very own garden. A balcony garden can be a great way for renters to marvel at nature – with or without a yard! Put a bit of thought into it, and you’ll surely be able to make your balcony and patio a place your renters will enjoy.

Choose Containers

One of the easiest ways to start a balcony garden is to get a large freestanding container, window planter, or railing planter. You can start simple with your garden balcony even with just a few containers to hang on the railing.

Potted Perfection

You could also use multiple pots in various sizes for your balcony garden. Group pots together to create pleasant greenery displays, use plant stands, or line them up along a wall or railing to surround yourself with color. Also, you can choose between different styles and colors of pots so that you can have yourself a more colorful experience. You can do whatever you want with your pots. There are no rules! It is, after all, your balcony and your garden.

Balcony Blooms

If there is a favorite flower or color in mind, you can use those as the basis for which plants you want to put in pots or containers on your balcony. As an illustration, what about something like a rose garden? Lots of varieties of roses work well in pots and containers and can produce gorgeous blooms all season.

Go Vertical

A garden oasis is something you can look into, especially if your balcony is a bit small. You can maximize your vertical space! Hanging planters are a splendid way to add color and greenery at eye level. Or, invest in some tiered plant stands to create a multi-level display for your garden plants.

Make Watering a Snap

How you set up your balcony garden isn’t the end goal; you’ll need a good plan to keep your plants growing by watering them regularly. If your garden has a lot of plants, maybe spending on a large watering can or even a simple drip system is a good idea. This will make your plant watering a lot more efficient and effective.

Add Extra Shade

For sunny balconies, you might want to add extra shade for plants that wilt in extreme heat. All plants need sunshine to thrive, but too much sun can burn foliage and even kill young plants. A good idea is to add a lattice or sunshade to keep your balcony garden cool during the hottest part of the day.

A few supplies and some great ideas are all it takes to make that balcony garden a beautiful reality for your rental house.


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