Nothing beats the taste of freshly picked produce, especially when it comes from your garden. The quality, fragrance and flavour is just sensational – and it’s cheaper to grow your own, too! Okay, this sounds all well and good, you think, if you have a house and big backyard. But what if you’re an apartment dweller and only have a small balcony to work with? Guess what? Size doesn’t matter! As long as the spot gets at least five to six hours of sunlight a day, with clever use of your little space, you’ll be reaping the rewards in no time.
These stylish pots are designed to stack on top of each other, making the most of space so you can grow more small fruits, vegies and herbs. The pots can get heavy, so add a little perlite or vermiculite to the potting mix to help lighten the load.
Gather your supplies:
• Elho Corsica Vertical Garden stack pots and saucers
• Selection of herbs, salad greens and fruit (such as parsley, basil, chives, lettuce, spinach and strawberries)
• Good-quality potting mix
You'll also need:
Seaweed tonic; perlite; water crystals; bucket; gardening gloves
Mix seaweed tonic and water in a bucket. Add water crystals and soak, following pack instructions. This will give plants a little boost of water and nutrients when needed. Fill pots with potting mix, then mix in 1 handful of perlite and 1 handful of soaked water crystals.
Remove plants from pots and gently tease out roots. Make a hole large enough in potting mix to accommodate plant’s root ball. Pot up and backfill with potting mix.
Carefully stack pots on top of each other, alternating their placement to ensure stack is secure and not squashing any plants.
Remember! It’s important to keep in mind the weight of your pots and plants. Collectively, they can become very heavy, making them difficult to move, plus they can weigh down your balcony. A good way to make them lighter is to opt for plastic, fibreglass or wooden pots. And, if the pots are large, you can also fill the bottom half with polystyrene chips to further reduce the weight.
When there’s no room left on the floor, it can literally drive you up the wall – with your pots, that is! A hanging pot always looks great on a balcony. Just make sure you use a bracket that juts out, so the pot doesn’t sit awkwardly. Plant it up with flowers, herbs or strawberries.
Use it all!
Take full advantage of what little space you have and plant in every nook and cranny – even along balcony rails. These fabulous pots are designed to sit over the railings. They come in a variety of bold colours, including lime green, sky blue, yellow, orange and fiery red, to brighten up your outdoors.