Balcony Garden DIY                                                                        

A guest blog post by Ecoman.

Balcony gardens provide substantial private and public benefits. A homeowner with a balcony garden should anticipate reduction of noise, improved views, reduction of city pollutants, improved air quality and fresh herbs for cooking. Not much has been written about the public benefits of balcony gardens but one would expect many of the same benefits attributed to rooftop gardens.

A do it yourself balcony project should take a systematic approach that takes into account environmental factors, design processes and practical considerations to arrive at something you really want as part of your living space.

Here are some general guidelines to consider when designing a balcony garden.

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DIY Container Watering System

Step-by-step construction, easy, affordable and perfected by Robin Frolic. Good for the container gardener without time or inclination to water plants daily.

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Balcony Composting

Making a balcony composter can be easy. Marco Pagliarulo offers the following guidelines to make one like that shown in “A Downtown, South-facing Balcony, 5th floor”. Marco developed this composter with some ideas he found on the web, adding his own modifications.

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About Vermicasting

Vermicasting, done in a systematic way, transforms food waste into a rich, odorless fertilizer, and quite fast. Dr. Hala Chaoui from Urban Farms Organic, Inc. (UFO) explains how to use free tools developed by UFO to design your own effective vermicasting system.

Food scraps can be processed through earthworms into a rich fertilizer which is called vermicasting. Vermicasting is a wonderful source of fertilizer for balcony gardeners. Earthworm casts (vermicast) are a nutritious organic fertilizer for houseplants too. A vermicasting system can be sized to process the daily food scraps of small or large households and can be set up indoors or outdoors (on a balcony!). 

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Start Seeds Indoors in Four Simple Steps

By Steven Biggs

 I can still picture my grandfather fetching a plastic washbasin from the laundry room. We were planting tomato seeds indoors—and didn’t have any trays or pots. It didn’t bother him. He added a few handfuls of potting soil to the basin, tore open the seed packet, casually sprinkled on some seeds, and encouraged me to sprinkle on a few more. We covered them with a bit of soil and were done, except for a label made from masking tape.

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