04 April 2012 ~ 0 Comments

Tips for Starting a Garden in London Apartments for Rent

Just because you live in an apartment without a yard does not mean that you cannot enjoy working the good earth!  Apartment gardening gives you all the benefits of traditional gardening, albeit with some modifications.  Read on for tips on starting a garden in anyLondonrental.

apartment garden, apartment gardening, london rentals, london apartmentsUse that balcony – No matter how small, a balcony is a great place to start.  Not only will your knees and back be spared the rigours of conventional gardening, but your plants will benefit from being able to absorb more sunlight. For residents ofLondon apartments that do not have a balcony, place plants by your windows or grow shade-tolerant varieties that do not need as much sunlight.

Contain yourself – Almost anything can serve as a planter – an old motorcycle helmet or a worn-out pair of old boots, for example.  Just be practical – containers that are too small restrict the root system and hamper plant growth.  And since drainage is key to thriving foliage, either drill holes in your makeshift planter or fit a smaller container, one with holes, into the planter.

No clutter, please – Be realistic about how many plants you can handle.  An over-crowded balcony does not look charming.  Maybe choose a few larger plants, such as a ficus tree or aNorfolk pine, and position smaller plants around.

Oh, grow up – A trellis is a great way to add more plants without taking up space. Many vines, such as honeysuckle or morning glory, can be trained to grow on a trellis. Some food plants, especially tomatoes, will grow vertically on stakes.

Show off – Window boxes look great on balconies and are a useful way to grow plants.  Just be careful not to crowd the window box and keep in mind a plant’s water and space requirements.  Done properly, your window boxes will be the envy of your neighbours inLondon rental properties!

 

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http://www.london.ca/

GARDENING IN CANADA

http://www.canadiangardening.com/

http://canadaonline.about.com/od/homes/a/gardening.htm

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