How great would it be to simply pick some fresh herbs from your very own garden to flavor some of your favorite meals? Us apartment dwellers can truly have it all, from exciting urban settings to a blooming patio garden. With temperatures on the up this time of the year, there is no better time than the present to start your very own patio garden. Curbly, an increasingly popular do-it-yourself online reference guide, has some great tips to turn your apartment’s patio or balcony into a fantastic garden:
- Select plants that have a starting height no taller than 4 inches. Keep in mind that these plants are going to grow, and you will want to be able to manage the growth versus having your garden completely take over your patio.
- Depending on the look that you are trying to accomplish, choosing decorative flower pots and planters can help add some style to your garden. Be sure to cover the drainage holes at the bottom of the planters with stones.
- For the best results, fill part of the planters with compost.
- Considering that plants and herbs growing in containers tend to dry out faster than those buried in the ground, you will want to water them at least once a day.
- Be aware of which areas on your patio get the best sunlight, and strategically place your containers in these areas.
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