The best part of having a balcony in New York City is feeling like you can have your own tiny oasis of green (and, in my case, pink, white, orange and yellow, too!) After 3 summers of planting a balcony garden, you’d think I’d be a pro at it by now. Not so. In fact, I’ll admit that I actually went about creating my garden all wrong this year. But at least I can share my tips for…
♦ how NOT to plant a balcony garden ♦
1. Wheel 3 big bags of potting soil in a rickety shopping cart from the plant store back to your apartment. Make sure you hit a crack in the sidewalk so that the cart topples forward taking you with it.
2. Buy pretty plants at the Farmer’s market without really thinking of symmetry or your balcony’s layout.
3. Fill every pot you own with your new plants even though the pots you have are too small.
4. Spend hours at Home Depot choosing new pots and then lug them home by yourself on the subway.
5. Use a wooden spoon and your nicest measuring cup to extract plants from the too small pots and replant them in the bigger pots.
(Fortunately, my plants have forgiven me and are actually thriving nicely.)
Here’s what my balcony looks like so far this year…