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Gardening Ideas for Apartment Balconies and Indoors

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by Maz Serena Rockers (subscribe)
Sustainable Recipe Coordinator @ www.HelpMeCook.com.au - loving my newfound freedom after finishing my 2nd round of tertiary education whilst working full time :)
Published August 13th 2017
A basic guide for those who don't have a garden but want one
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Money Tree on my balcony


If you're thinking of starting a little garden but you live in an apartment with a balcony and think it's impossible, do not despair. It is possible, I've done it. The photos used in this article are from my tiny balcony garden. I do plan on expanding on it soon, but I just wanted to share how to begin a very basic balcony garden. If you don't have a balcony, you can make an indoor garden too.

Plan according to your space

Scope out what your balcony is like. Do you get a lot of sunlight? Do you need to tie the planter or pots down in some way because you get a lot of wind and it could blow your plants away? What kind of plants would suit the amount of sunlight you get? What kind of plants would grow and fit nicely? Those are all important questions to ask. If you are unsure, you can head down to a gardening store or a hardware store such as Bunnings or similar.

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Aloe Vera on my balcony



Look out for visuals of planting ideas that you like & think of what plants you want

There are so many inspirational images on the internet, as well as in lovely home improvement stores and gardening stores. Have a think about what would work in your home in terms of practicality, style and maintenance. You can also consider what kind of plants you would like to grow, which is probably the most exciting part of it all. I find that aloe vera and the money tree (both pictured here) are very low maintenance plants. The daisy seeds were purchased from eBay and even though I have failed to water them on many occasions and had at times completely forgotten, it seems to come back as soon as I remember. I have yet to see an actual daisy, but I also have yet to stick to a proper routine with my daisies.

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Baby daisy plant on my balcony


I hope that this little instructional guide will help you get started it's easier than you think. It also helps if you actually take care of your plants frequently, and don't forget unlike me. Good luck with your new green thumb.
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Why? To get a compact version of the garden you've always wanted. If you move into a house, you can always replant everything into your real garden
When: Whenever you like
Where: On your balcony or indoors
Cost: Various, check out Kmart & Bunnings for some cheap options to get you started
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