Apart­ment liv­ing: build­ing above-ground gar­dens

The Telegram (St. John’s) - Home Buyers' Guide - - OPEN HOUSES -

Liv­ing in a condo or apart­ment shouldn’t pre­vent en­joy­ment of the fresh tastes or heav­enly scents of Sum­mer. Even with the small­est of bal­conies, you can cre­ate a gar­den that suits your style - 25 floors high. Make the most of your bal­cony this year with these tips col­lected by some of the pro­fes­sion­als: first check the build­ing’s bal­cony poli­cies be­fore cre­at­ing your gar­den to avoid trou­ble down the road.

Con­sider mi­cro­cli­mate.

Cli­mate plays a sig­nif­i­cant role in de­ter­min­ing what is best suited for grow­ing on your bal­cony. Ob­serve how much sun your bal­cony re­ceives and for how long. Pay at­ten­tion to wind strength. If the sun or wind is too strong, con­sider build­ing a bar­rier to pro­tect the plants.

Choose your gar­den type.

De­ter­mine what plants to grow on your bal­cony. Fresh herbs? Pro­duce? Sweet- smell- ing flow­ers? There are count­less pos­si­bil­i­ties. Be re­al­is­tic with the amount of space avail­able and choose plants ap­pro­pri­ately.

In­cor­po­rate de­sign.

Con­sider the view of the bal­cony from in­side be­fore com­mit­ting to de­sign. Use a large plant, wa­ter foun­tain or trel­lis as a fo­cal point and in­cor­po­rate up­ward grow­ing plants or hang­ing bas­kets to uti­lize space.

Go light­weight.

Avoid heavy con­tain­ers as they can add dan­ger­ous weight to the bal­cony’s struc­ture. Select light­weight con­tain­ers in­stead. Many light­weight con­tain­ers come in a va­ri­ety of fash­ion­able colours and are made to re­sem­ble clay.

Rel­ish the land­scape.

Leave room for pa­tio fur­ni­ture and peo­ple

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