Wednesday, March 23, 2016

12 nifty apartment balcony garden ideas

Posted by Amanda Villaruel | |
Now is the time to grow vegetables and herbs so you can eat off the balcony this summer! :-)

Think it's impossible to grow anything on your tiny balcony? Think again. These days you don't need a sizable balcony to grow simple veggies and herbs :-) Get the most out of your porch or balcony with these ideas!
Ideas and inspiration for the edible apartment balcony garden
Ideas and inspiration for the edible apartment balcony garden


Space-saving vertical planting on the balcony/porch

Creating floor space on a small apartment balcony is a tough one, unless you're willing to sacrifice the furniture... ;-) All the more reason for growing your own herbs and veggies vertically! Here are some products that can be attached to a pipe or a window, or hung from the ceiling.
Products for the urban porch or balcony to grow herbs, berries and vegetables
Space-saving products for the urban porch or balcony to grow herbs, berries and vegetables

1. The "Activist" can be attached to a pipe or a pillar, and are ideal for growing herbs and strawberries that have small root systems. Check out the product at the Activist on Urbanero.

2. Called the "Window Garden", the plastic pots from Urbanero attach to the window. The herbs get the sunlight they need and you save space inside your apartment or outside on the balcony -)

3.  Grow various salad types with these practical hanging bag planters from West Elm!

4. Another favorite from West Elm - the industrial hanging planters, that can be hung from the ceiling. In these, you can plant herbs, berries and salads.
Make your own vertical hanger plant via iheartnaptime.net
Make your own vertical hanger plant via iheartnaptime.net

5. Check out the vertical hanger plant suited for all balconies with a ceiling. Place it in the corner and you'll hardly notice that it is there ;-)

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'Talk to the wall'

6. Another way of saving space is hanging up shelves, boxes or old tin containers on the wall. In the picture below, they've painted and hung up wooden vegetable boxes. Get second-hand vegetable boxes at online thrift stores or buy them at home interior shops.
Save space on the balcony and hang up wooden vegetable boxes.  Photo via mooiwatplantendoen.nl
Save space in the apartment balcony garden and hang up wooden vegetable boxes.
Photo via mooiwatplantendoen.nl
Make your own vertical hanger plant via iheartnaptime.net
Vertical wall of plants. Photo via mooiwatplantendoen.nl

7. Make a vertical wall of plants with this tutorial! :-)

PS: The DIY-tutorial is in Dutch. Right-click and translate the text :-)



Balcony railing planters

8. The type of rail planters you see below is pretty new to me, but they've been in the market for some time now. They are indescribably perfect for porches and apartment balconies because you make use of what's considered an 'impossible' space ;-)
Eckling balcony product via rephormhaus.de
Eckling balcony product via rephormhaus.de

Self-watering rail planter via Gardeners.
Self-watering rail planter via Gardeners.

9. The SOCKER-series from IKEA is a cheaper option for balcony products. We visited IKEA last week and were blown away by their selection of pot holders and garden storage products.
SOCKER-products from IKEA. Ideal for balcony gardening.
SOCKER-products from IKEA. Ideal for balcony gardening.

The products from IKEA can be hung from a balcony rail or from the ceiling. You can grow Asian greens, salads and herbs in the hanging planters that have a diameter of approx. 19 cm. The black SOCKER plant pots are on the other hand too small (diameter approx. 10 cm), and can only fit herbs and flowers.

Remember; the bigger the pot, the bigger the yield. That is the general rule of growing veggies ;-)

Floor planters

10. Floor planters can also be practical. Check out this wooden baby :-) Be sure to check out the other creative ideas for a vertical garden from Woodworking Tips.


11. Maximize the balcony corners with plant stands, like this one from IKEA. You can find other plant stands from the Swedish brand, but this is the one I consider most practical because it offers more space for your plants.

SOCKER plant stand from IKEA.
SOCKER plant stand from IKEA.

12. An effective use of the balcony floor is to use broad containers, which you can place on a plant stand or a chair. I planted five different salads in a 20 liter container with handles (the container was bought at IKEA). Over time, I'm going to add herbs and flowers in the same container :-)

You can move around the containers and place them temporarily inside when you have guests (and you get to work on your dead lifts) :-)
Grow vegetables in containers - apartment balcony garden
Grow vegetables in containers in your apartment balcony garden



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