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Balcony With Potted PlantsBalconies contain their own microclimate, different from the climate on the ground. Temperatures can climb exceedingly high, shade can block most of the day's sunlight and wind can be an issue. However, it is absolutely possible to grow your own balcony garden so long as you monitor these conditions and choose plants that can withstand them.

Before getting started, there are some things to consider. First, examine the size of your balcony and take measurements so you can buy appropriate containers for your plants. Don't forget the walls and windowsills because you can hang planters and trellises to garden vertically.

Next, study the movement of the sun in relation to your balcony. You can time direct sun exposure either with a stopwatch or a gadget called a sun calculator. Remember to do this every season because sun exposure will vary between spring/summer and fall/winter. This knowledge not only helps you buy the right plants, but also helps you position your plants in the best spots. Sun loving plants should be clustered in the areas that receive the most direct sunlight and woodland plants should be clustered in shadier areas.

You'll also need to consider the weather before buying plants. Succulents may enjoy extreme heat, but more delicate plants like lettuce do not. Similarly, some plants can withstand wind while others may shrivel up and die if strong gusts blow through.

Visit your local gardening store and talk to the employees about these factors, along with how much time you have to dedicate to caring for your garden. They can recommend plants that are able to thrive under the unique conditions on your balcony. Vines and herbs are easy to grow on most balconies, but many gardeners can produce lovely flowers and fruits as well. Buy a high-quality organic potting soil and ask about composting basics as well.

Beginner gardeners should start slow to get the feel for the hobby and to learn which plants work well on a balcony. You can always buy more plants if you really get into gardening, but starting small is a great way to manage your level of commitment and your budget.

Do you have any more helpful balcony gardening tips to share?

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