It’s time to prepare for those May Flowers and don’t think that just because you live in an apartment you can’t have beautiful plants and/or flowers!

Need a little color in your life? Put some beautiful baskets or pots with colorful flowers and plants to your balcony or patio to add a little personality to your home. Not only will this provide you with color but maybe even some privacy depending on how big the plant is.

 

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Here are some tips for putting together pots/baskets!

  • Choose the right plant!
    • Perennial or Annual?
      • Perennial flowers are those that continue to grow year after year but remain dormant through the winter.
      • Annuals are planted in the spring or summer, bloom for a season and then die.
      • Try mixing the two together!
    • Weather Conditions
      • Visit your local plant shop, they generally won’t sell plants that won’t survive your climate.
    • Containers and Soil
      • Choose a container not only for its appearance but as well as it’s drainage! Try Terra cotta it’s a porous material that has better drainage than plastic pots.
      • Choose the right soil for your plant, ask your local plant specialist if you aren’t sure what type of soil your plant needs!
    • Placement/Furniture
      • Now that you have your plants potted and ready to go it is time to place them! Try varying heights to add a little of pizzazz to your balcony.
      • Add furniture so that you and others may enjoy your creation!

For more Information check out: http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/no-yard-tips-for-a-beautiful-balcony-garden-205500

Want to grow your own herbs and vegetables?

 

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  • Herbs/Vegetables
    • Try growing them in one pot: All you need is a 7 gallon pot, potting soil, a few herb plants and plenty direct sunlight.
      • Buy a large deep plant pot with a small hole in the bottom for drainage with a plastic or ceramic tray for underneath it.
      • Put your potting soil in and fill to about 3 inches from the top and add a little bit of water to moisten the soil, dig a small hole deep down and add your herb plants with several inches of room between each other and water again once finished.
      • Place your pot anywhere it will have full sun.
      • Don’t overwater only pour in a cup of water whenever leaves start to look droopy
      • If you are using the herbs for cooking make sure to cut leaves and stems off the top of the plant not the sides.

Happy Planting!

 

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