If you are planning to redecorate an apartment, then one option that may be right for you is a balcony corner bench. Outdoor seating is generally more durable, portable, and flexible than indoor seating in four walls. In addition, you can move outdoor seating around to accommodate your number of activities and guests much easier. For example, you could start with the Safavieh Urban Outdoor Living wicker patio set, which includes a table and chairs. It also has a matching bar stool.
Or maybe you have an existing patio that would work very well as a basis for your apartment gardening project. You could build a wooden bench from scratch and make use of all available natural materials like wood and wicker. This kind of bench will last for years. After all, it was probably constructed just last year.
Now that you have an idea for your balcony corner bench, your next concern would be where to put it. Here are some tips for apartment gardening: You can use the balcony as an additional sitting area by putting a folding table there. In fact, this is a very good option for people who are always on the go. Just make sure that the table does not block your door or window.
When choosing the plants to grow, the ones that thrive best in partial shade are the culinary herbs and vegetables. Some of them can also tolerate direct sunlight. If you want to include annual flowers, then it would be best if they could grow up to six feet tall. Try to avoid perennial plants unless they are going to be used often. The growing season for most of them is only three to four weeks long.
The bench should also allow you to free your hand when you use it to harvest your produce. In addition, you should be able to reach the plant easily to pick and package your fruits and vegetables. Make sure that the bench has enough space for you to move around while harvesting. In this way, you would not feel that your plants are limited.
The plants that thrive best in partial shade should be used first. These should be culinary herbs and vegetables such as basil, chives and onions. Garlic and Rosemary can also be planted in balcony corner benches as long as they do not go too close to the other plants. It would also be advisable to keep mulch in your balcony corner bench to protect them from the strong wind. However, it is not advisable to cover them during winter.
After you have selected your plants, remember that they should be given enough room to grow. Your balcony should be at least 4 feet wider and longer than your balcony door. If your balcony is narrow, you could place a large hammock inside so that you can relax outside during the heat of the summer. You could also put some patio cushions or blanket to provide some shade to your balcony corner bench.
Another problem that arises is that the weeds might sprout through the holes made by the gaps. You need to remove them regularly using a garden fork or a rattle. If not, then you would need to pull the weeds with your hand or rake. This should be done occasionally to ensure that your garden stays neat and weed-free.
One important factor that you must consider is whether you would want your plants to grow tall or short. If you want them to grow tall, then you need to give them enough space to grow. Otherwise, they will crowd out the rays of the sun. Growing them short will make them delicate and prone to diseases.
Do not place plants too close to each other. This may cause fungus and mildew to form on them. A few inches away from each other will be ideal. Of course, if you are buying a pre-built bench, the manufacturers will have provided protective devices such as guards to prevent this from happening.
Once you have bought your balcony corner bench, it is important to think about maintenance. This is because the bench needs to be maintained regularly to enhance their appearance and keep them in shape. For example, weeds should be removed regularly to maintain the beautiful shades of green. If your plants are in pots, then it is also very important to remove the pot every month to allow the soil to drain. You can buy eco-friendly cleaners for this purpose at your local home improvement store.