Patio Garden Instructions

Overview

Patio gardens are the ultimate in intensive gardening and have the potential to totally transform your patio or balcony. A large patio garden can have a number of different planters and containers, but a good garden will have a theme or plan that ties them all together. Climbing, hanging and ground dwelling plants will all blend harmoniously into one unit, decorating your living space as well as providing healthy vegetables.

Step 1

Purchase a variety of plant containers that have one central theme. Choose all one color and material or all the same shape in a riot of colors. Make sure that the element that ties them together is strong enough to pick out in all of the planters. Get hanging planters as well as a variety of different-sized regular planters.

Step 2

Plan your garden using different heights of plants. You will have hanging plants, plants on a trellis and plants in planters, so purchase seeds and seedlings with this in mind.

Step 3

Fill each planter with a mix of potting soil and fertilizer. Use the fertilizer according to the directions on the package.

Step 4

Plant each planter according to your garden plan. Make sure to put a good variety of plants in each area. Plant hanging cherry tomato plants as well as larger tomato plants in ground containers. Plant beans so that their vines trail attractively, and plant peas with trellises that they will fill with their vines. Fill in the area so that it will be a large green mass from ground to roof.

Step 5

Water each planter until it is soaked. Water your garden whenever the soil begins to dry below the surface. Turn each planter every time you water it so different parts of the plant will face the sun each day.

Step 6

Harvest your plants regularly to receive the largest crops. Pick vegetables every two or three days to encourage your plants to produce more vegetables instead of going to seed.

Things You'll Need

  • Plant containers
  • Seeds
  • Seedlings
  • Potting soil
  • Fertilizer
  • Trellis
  • Water

References

  • Organic Gardening: Urban Gardening Ideas
  • Rental Decorating Digest: Turn Your Patio into a Voluminous Vegetable Garden
  • Texas A & M University: Vegetable Gardening in Containers
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About this Author

Anne Baley is a writer and photographer living in Southeast Michigan. She has written dozens of articles about places she has discovered while traveling throughout the United States. Baley's work has appeared in a variety of online outlets, including EndlessSunday, GardenGuides and Travels.