Tips for Gardening in your Balcony

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Who doesn’t like beautiful and fragrant flowers blossoming around them? Due to lack of space, most people decide not to have a garden at home.  Well, you can fulfill your dream of having your own garden by creating a lovely garden in your balcony. But before you embark on the development of that little corner of lush greenery and colorful blossoms in your balcony, go through these important points-

1) Choose an Area with Adequate Sunlight

Use your time calculating the number of hours your balcony receives direct sunlight, also take into account indirect lighting such as trees or walls that block a large portion of the sunlight. A south-facing balcony is considered the best for a balcony garden but even a north facing balcony can be a good place for many plants if there is ambient indirect light.


2) Planting Time

The time of the day when you transplant your plants is very important in determining the plants’  life. You must know the best time for gardening, as the time varies according to the weather. On a hot and humid day it is best to do some gardening during the evenings whereas, on a cloudy day, it is best to do gardening during the mornings. When the day is bright and sunny, do gardening during the late afternoon.


3) Water Plants Every Morning

It is advised to water plants before the sun gets too harsh, so as to avoid water loss due to evaporation. Regularly watering plants in the morning prevents fungal development and restrict bug attacks as leaves tend to dry up before the evening.


4) Use Well-Drained Pots

The pots used for planting must have a clean drainage hole as insufficient space between the bottom of the pot and the surface beneath will lead to clogging of the soil.  A high amount of water will cause the soil to lose it porosity, thereby  leading to various fungal infections in the plant. A well-drained pot ensures healthy growth of plants.


5) Make your own Organic Compost

Store fruit and vegetable peels because most of these peels are rich in organic content like potassium and calcium. These properties make fruit and vegetable peel a very good organic fertilizer that can be used as compost. Organic manure is very beneficial and is often recommended by gardeners. You can also include used tea bags in the compost. All of this will make the garden soil more fertile.


6) Buy Plants from a Nursery

Whether you are redecorating your garden or starting a garden scratch, the selection of plants is an essential factor in creating a beautiful landscape. The plants available in a nursery are healthier than the ones in retail shops, and the local nursery can provide you with a large variety of local plants. The nurseries use feeders and best grade soil for their plants. Nursery plants tend to live longer and look more appealing as they have already been cared for by skilled gardeners. 

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