For those who love fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs, one of the biggest downfalls to apartment living is the lack of outdoor space for gardening. Thankfully, there are clever ways to create a garden that will happily grow on your fourth floor balcony. Here are three of the best.
DIY Pallet Garden
A pallet garden is a budget-friendly way to grow fresh ingredients vertically against the wall of your patio. You can often get a wooden pallet free by asking a local store or supermarket or snagging an abandoned one. Sand the wood and either paint, stain or line it with fabric to match your decor.
Next, cover the back and sides with landscape paper or fabric to protect your wall and keep the soil in place. A staple gun is helpful here. Lay your pallet flat on the ground near the wall and pack it tightly with good soil.
Plant your seeds or starts between the slats, then stand your pallet up vertically and secure it to the wall. Not all veggies and fruits will have enough space in the pallet garden, and some don’t enjoy growing sideways, so choose your plants wisely. Try plants like strawberries, peas, cucumbers and tomatoes, and look for varieties bred for container gardening.
Wall-mounted Canning Jar Herb Garden
Place beautiful jars full of growing herbs on the walls of your kitchen or outdoors on the patio. These space-saving herb planters will bring a little bit of the outdoors into your home and inspire fresh cooking.
To create the decor, simply mount canning jars to a piece of finished wood. Feel free to get creative: try stacking jars vertically, in a zigzag pattern or in whatever way fits your space. Fill the jars with soil and plant your herbs — herbs like rosemary, chives, thyme and mint work great. Mount your new herb garden on the wall.
Repurposed Shoe Organizer Garden
Use a new or repurposed over-the-door shoe organizer to plant a vertical garden. Fill each space with potting soil and plant flowers and herbs like basil, cilantro, parsley and lavender. Use this gardening method to harvest fresh lettuce, tomatoes and peas straight from your balcony.