Creating Your Own Balcony Allotment

Creating Your Own Balcony Allotment

Feeling the urge to put those green fingers to work, but worried your balcony will hold you back? Worry not! Here are our top 5 tips for putting together your very own allotment balcony:

  1. Time to channel IKEA - you need to make the most of the space that you do have, hanging baskets and planters are super space efficient. Window boxes can be helpful too, if the entirety of your balcony doesn't get great light. Maybe try installing wall hangers to maximize growing space - they’re perfect for growing a variety of herbs.

  2. Pick the right plants. There are lots of edible crops that grow really well in pots – tomatoes, lettuces, carrots, potatoes and a host of herbs are all ideal for growing in containers.

  3. Set those reminders. It may go without saying but the success of your little slice of green is very dependent on knowing how and when to water your plants. As a general rule, water the roots rather than the leaves, as it’s the roots that absorb the water. Thoroughly watering the roots every week is better than watering a little bit every day.

  4. Start out small - It can be easy to get carried away once you find those green fingers, although it’s important to start off small and work out a system and layout that works well for you and your balcony especially when it comes to sunlight and winds.

  5. Time to start saving those banana peels - If you’re really wanting to go green, hold onto your household food waste and start converting it into compost, the best way to thoroughly feed your new growing allotment.

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