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There’s nothing more frustrating than being a gardener-at-heart without the ability to utilize your green thumb in a lush backyard setting! However, residents at Chapel Hill North Apartments don’t have to sacrifice – here, we briefly explain how you can enjoy your nature-friendly hobby while delighting in luxury living in your apartment or townhome!
Just because you don’t have a designated garden plot doesn’t mean you can’t grow flowers or vegetables. Realize that almost anything can serve as a soil receptacle – and get creative! Think mason jars mounted on a distressed wooden plank and filled with herbs like rosemary and basil!
- Click here for a great DIY on mason jar herb gardening: http://meetmina.blogspot.com/2011/05/diy-mason-jar-herb-garden.html
Traditional yet timeless, window box planters provide an opportunity for edible or aesthetic gardening. Although you can not hang anything from your balcony, many window boxes are a perfect fit on the floor of a slender balcony or patio. From an aesthetic point of view, they can be funky or romantic, modern or antiqued! You’ll draw the attention of all neighbors entering their building – and imagine how appreciative they’ll be not only of the beautiful look, but also the aroma!
- Apartment Therapy demonstrates how to make a window box planter work for your balcony:
How about turning a wooden pallet into your own rustic garden? Not only does it look great, but it’s also a fantastic way to reuse and recycle. Veggies, herbs, and greenery emerge from every crevice and thrive – then, when you’re ready, they go with you wherever you need to move!
- Visit this great how-to on pallet gardening from your patio:
You can re-create this idea as small and understated or big and dramatic as you need – ever thought of aquatic container gardening? Especially during hot, humid North Carolina summers, planting in water can be a welcome mental escape when the temperature’s climbing!
- See some suggestions from HGTV and dive right in to this “splashing” idea: http://www.hgtv.com/gardening/how-to-make-a-container-water-garden/index.html
Residents – what ideas will you incorporate this year? Can you think of any other ideas to spruce up your balcony on the greener side?