Those who live in the city, in an apartment, cannot afford to enjoy a spacious garden, but can and should invest in beautiful decorations for the balcony. After all, however small, it is the only corner of the house to provide an interaction with the outside world. The smallest porch does not need much, in fact, the options are few; three different possibilities for those who do not know how to start decorating this environment: create a space reserved exclusively for plants, with many pots and landscaping; set up a space with a table, chairs or benches to be able to take advantage of it in different situations; or mix both!
Choose furniture and accessories according to your purpose. Wooden shelves and compact sideboards can serve as support for smaller pots, while larger plants can stay on the floor.
If you want a simple and economic environment, the use of pallets will be ideal, all of this is part of the imagination! Stones from the beach or countryside give soft tones and cover everything that is imperfect in our eyes.
A table with folding chairs might be a great idea for anyone who wants to make the porch a social space for coffee, reading a book, or even eating at the end of the week. Two-seater wooden benches can also tastefully decorate and create a cozy corner for the residents.
When decorating, opt for waterproof cushions, preferably well-colored for creating joy. Vases can also add color and the walls can be highlighted with the help of pictures, artificial fountains, candles and other rustic accessories that can contribute to add life to the environment. The floor can be renovated with artificial turf, wood slat panels or even vinyl tiles; there are several shades, including rustic ones.
And why not a vegetable garden? It would be a great way to have everything fresh at hand, in an eco-friendly and inexpensive way! A balcony with morning or afternoon sun is essential. If you have old cups or containers that you are no longer using, you can take advantage of them to plant. However, as most do not have holes to drain excess water, you should line them with sand, pebbles, or some other kind of porous material. Aleternately, you can always opt for bottles and drill a hole underneath. For shaping the vertical garden, as its name implies, you can use shelves, or wood panels to randomly affix your new / old pots!
Watering daily, fertilizing in a routine manner, having patience and enjoying the growth are necessary aspects of gardening, and in the end, savor them! The plants indicated for a garden are usually the aromatic ones: thyme, oregano, parsley, chives, mint, basil, and cherry tomatoes.
If you have children, the garden, from its idealization through decoration, planting and harvesting, will make the magic of nature combined with the pleasure of cooking awaken unique sensations in the learning of the young, bringing all the traditionalism of our grandparents and countryside.