Gardening On Your Patio (Google / Gardeners World Online)

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Gardening On Your Patio

Patio gardening is for everyone with a patio. Even if you have a yard, don’t forget your patio or balcony. These are great places for gardening in containers. A trellis with ivy or some other type of climbing vine can become a shield from neighbors. They can also provide a reprieve from an unsightly yard or street. Don’t have or like a trellis but still want to block a view, consider a large plant – Ficus or other large container plant. So remember to grow in containers, grow vertically with a trellis and downward with hinging pots. Hanging plants such as a spider plant or a fern can become a conversation piece. Soon your patio or balcony with become your own personal retreat from the stresses of the day.

I grow vegetables on my balcony. Currently I am growing tomatoes both right side up and up side down as well as some sweet potatoes and herbs. Almost anything you can grow in a traditional garden can be grown in containers on your patio or balcony.

Just as with your traditional garden, don’t become over ambitious or it will become too much work. Start small and add slowing over the years until you find the right mix for you and your patio or balcony.

Don’t forget to use decorative containers to all to the beauty of your garden. Also consider self watering containers as they make watering easier.

You can garden on your patio or balcony. So get started and enjoy it.

Dr. Craig

Published by

Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.