Apartment Garden Design Basics

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Apartment Garden Design Basics

Staff Writer · May 19, 2010

In a small space, such as a patio or balcony, garden design can be somewhat of a challenge. Nevertheless, with a little thought, you can make the underused space of such an area a serene spot in which to garden or merely relax.

Consider your Location

One of the first things you’ll need to do is to consider your location and the amount of light your plants will be receiving each day. Determine which plants will do well in more shaded spots and make sure you place them in those areas. For instance, plants, such as herbs, grown for their leaves or roots, can produce satisfactory yields in a small amount of shade. However, if you grow vegetables, such as tomatoes, peppers or eggplants, you’ll need to place the plants where they can receive at least six to eight hours of direct sunlight daily.

Plants like tomatoes will still grow in lower light conditions. However, they have a harder time producing fruit. Therefore, when planning or designing your garden for a balcony or patio, make sure you include plants that can thrive in the amount of available light.

Use a Wood Trellis as a Screen

Add privacy to your patio by including a wood trellis at the side or back of the area and train an ivy to grow up and over it. You can also achieve similar results by placing tall planters toward the back of a balcony or patio. Add a splash of color by planting flowering plants, such as geraniums, in the containers.

Use Succession Planting

Make the most of your space by planting plants that produce yields early and follow them with slower-yielding plants. For instance, plant carrots in a raised bed and follow them with turnips. If carrot plants are planted in mid-April, they are usually ready to be harvested by the first of July. Therefore, you would still have plenty of time to grow the turnips, which can be planted as late as August in the North, and harvest them before the weather turns cold. Succession planting works out well in small garden designs, especially if you want to plant vegetables in a confined space.

Create a Garden of Hanging Plants

If you really have no space at all for a small garden plot, raised bed or several large containers of plants, then you still can make use of a small outside space by placing hooks in an overhang or constructing a frame for this purpose. Select some ivy plants or a bougainvillea to create a green and peaceful environment.

Mix Things Up a Bit

Make things a bit more interesting by planting flowers and vegetables together. The marigold, for instance, is a companion plant to most vegetables and adds a nice bit of color to containers or raised beds. Also, think about planting beans with sweet peas or petunias among peppers. Since these plants like each other, you’ll not only grow more bountiful crops, you’ll have a brighter and more cheerful garden too.

Just because you live in a small space doesn’t mean you can’t garden. You just need to know how to make the most of your allotted space.

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