Ade and Sophie Sellars, Agents of Field, shared their top five gardening tips for small outdoor spaces, from planting on the balcony to keeping the flowers in the shade!
Summer it is fast approaching, which means that many will turn our attention to ourselves gardensand how to look your best in warm weather. If you do not have a large outdoor space or live in an apartment with a balcony, do not be afraid, as you can still create a memorable garden.
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Ade and Sophie Sellars Agents of Field they shared their top five tips on how to make the most of your small area and which plants are best for different conditions. It’s time to take advantage of green fingers!
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What flowers can I plant on my balcony?
If space is an issue, consider planting in hanging baskets and containers. Fill them with running plants so they can hang out on your balcony, filling the area with colors for the summer season ahead. Petunia, lobelia and fuchsia should be considered. To increase the height of the pots, add osteospermum, gerbera, gazania or even smaller varieties of dalia. If you want structure, green, and a little drama, try adding a standard laurel tree. With a stem of up to 50 cm and a round, evergreen foliage, not only do they express themselves, but their leaves are also great for cooking. Easy to maintain, it will never be unruly in limited spaces.
Gardman natural hanging basket, 10.95 GBP, Amazon
What vegetables can I grow on my balcony?
People seem to think they need a lot of space to grow vegetables, but that’s not the case. So much can still be grown with limited space. In addition, many varieties of vegetables have a dwarf version. It still yields the same crop, only the plant doesn’t grow that big.
Potatoes are always a light vegetable. Grown in potato bags and containers, they take up little space. In addition, the appearance of flowers and foliage is an attractive feature. If you have a sunny balcony, you can’t go wrong with zucchini. They like to grow them in containers, just make sure they are full of fresh, multi-purpose compost and always water them well. Once they start to produce, the key is to take zucchini regularly. Not only does it receive a constant stock, but it also signals to the plant to continue production. Lettuce leaves are very versatile and perfect for the summer menu. Whether it’s a rocket or a small gem, they need little storage space, but they deliver great results.
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If you have trouble growing up, try growing up. Smaller varieties of pumpkins can be grown as progeny, such as uchikiuri and small gemstones. Beans and peas are plants that grow vertically and do not need to be grown much for a good harvest. The key is to create a strong structure so that they can connect and pull themselves together. Hanging baskets are always useful on the balcony and can be a great feature with the right plants. Imagine growing your own tomatoes to see if you can. Varieties like “tumbling tom” and “pear drops” are perfect. Hanging down, these plants drown in fruit. Remember to water and feed regularly.
If the fruit is your favorite, there are a lot of varieties of apples, pears and plums that are grown specifically for terraces and balconies in small containers. If you can hang a long container on your balcony, try growing strawberries. If you buy early, middle and late varieties, you can enjoy strawberries all summer while hanging over your balcony and showing off their full, juicy fruit.
Hang the strawberries in a long pot over your balcony
What plants and vegetables can I grow if I don’t have a lot of space?
Whatever you grow on your balcony, the key is to make your plants as comfortable as possible. This means watering and feeding regularly. Containers take up limited space and can dry out quickly and deplete the soil of nutrients as warmer temperatures arrive. Try watering first in the morning or early evening when the temperature is lower and there is less evaporation of water. In addition, always water at the base of the plant and not above it. On a hot day, the water can act as a magnifying glass, so if you sit on the foliage, you can scorch the plant. Finally, make your life easier by adding a water-retaining gel / granule when planting new plants. This will prevent the pots from drying out and may mean less watering.
6 liter watering can, £ 10.99, Amazon
What if my balcony is shady?
Just because your balcony is shady doesn’t mean you can’t have a healthy crop area. It’s all about the right plants in the right place. If you want to relax in a lush green area, hosts and ferns are a fantastic addition. They thrive in shady areas, requiring low maintenance, while producing fantastic colors and textures that lend a “wow” factor to the balcony.
Fill the containers with coleus or heuchera fuchsia for additional color. Lastly, if you have an unloved heel, a little acer may be right for you. It is a slow growing plant, it can sit there for years. With its pleasing foliage, it varies with the seasons, offering interest and a topic of conversation.
Try to fill the containers with lots of colorful flowers to make a nice addition to your balcony
Which plants are best for direct sunlight?
If the balcony is full of sunshine, celebrate in a high season. Plants like dahlias and cans will bloom. Do you want to grow sunflowers? Then go for it. There are so many dwarf varieties, with different colors, shapes and petals, the selection is pampered. Sunflowers are worth noting: “Sunbelievable,” “Brown Eyed Girl,” “Teddy Bear,” and “Sunny Smile.”
Are you looking for creepers that can be put in a container and grown up? Then try Thunberg or “Black-eyed Susan”. A low-maintenance plant, it produces not only thick green foliage, but also striking flowers of various colors. They can be towed as an adult structure or through the balcony.
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