Spring has sprung my balcony/patio/porch gardening friends! It may not seem like it in your area–all of a sudden it’s gotten cold and rainy in my neck of the woods–but the first day of Spring was yesterday, March 20th. This is all well and good, but for most of the U.S., your last frost date probably won’t be until mid to late April, or even mid May! At first that sounds depressing, but what it really means is that you have lots of time to start some seeds, and get caught up on your garden reading!
Failing to Plan is Planning to Fail
- Ten Questions to Ask Yourself When Planning Your Garden - If you want to have a happy, healthy container garden that doesn’t leave you penniless, consider these questions.
- Selecting the Perfect Pots for Your Container Garden - Things to think about when it comes to pot materials, color and matching plants to pots.
- Five Sneaky Tips to Create a Smokin’ Hot Container Garden - Behind the scenes ways to improve how your balcony garden looks or functions.
- Using a Color Wheel to Create a Stunning Balcony Garden - An easy way to pick flower, leaf and pot colors that are guaranteed to look great together.
Grow Cool Stuff on Your Balcony
- How to Grow Day Lilies in a Container - I admit that I am a total daylily novice, so I turned to Hugh Stout, an iris and daylily hybridizer and grower, the American Hemerocallis Society, and several university extensions to find out.
- Combine Edibles and Ornamentals in One Pot – There’s no need to choose between plants you can eat and plants that are pretty. Artfully combine them!
- Tomatoes That Are Easy to Grow in a Container - In my always humble opinion, I think you should look for three things in a tomato if you’re a beginning gardener looking to grow some red deliciousness on your balcony or patio…
- How to Grow Nasturtiums - I’ve been busy researching nasturtiums, and wanted to share what I’ve learned, and my own previous experience, in case you want to grow some nasturtiums too.
Do More With Less
- How to Grow More Food in a Small Amount of Space - If your number one goal is to grow as many fruits, vegetables, and herbs as possible, then read on. These ideas aren’t pretty, but they will maximize your use of your space.
- Five Creative Container Ideas That Won’t Break The Bank – There are some pretty fun containers just waiting for your plants, and the good news is that they aren’t prohibitively expensive.
- Stylish DIY Container Painting Project - Being on a budget doesn’t have to mean using ugly containers. If you’re willing to put a little elbow grease into converting a cheap plastic pot into something unique and stylish, then you can have nice looking pots for less than $20.
- Ten Dirt Cheap Ways to Have a Beautiful Balcony Garden - Gardening can be expensive if you don’t keep an eye on the bottom line. Even gardening in a small space can get out of hand. Here are some tips to keep the spending to a minimum without sacrificing style.