The last few days, I have been doing some interesting stuff apart from writing my fourth book. What started as a small idea soon grew into a project and I started reading up and watching videos on Balcony gardens.
Even though I am very fortunate to have a fairly large garden with a lush green lovely lawn, hibiscus bushes , creepers, jasmine and even a pomegranate tree, I still wanted to make a Balcony garden, because the idea of transforming a neglected space and converting it into something beautiful fascinates me.
I was so pleased with what I managed to do that I thought I'd share it with you. If you have even a small little space, an unused balcony cluttered with junk, you can still transform it into a small haven, where you can retreat and relax with a nice cup of tea at the end of a hard day.
Let me show you how I did it.
This is what my balcony corner looked like, before the makeover.
It was bare and slightly muddy. I gave it a good sweep and washed it with water and cleaned it up. My balcony gets a lot of sunlight and so the next step was to go to the nursery and buy plants which love sunlight.
I went to Lalbagh and the lady there pointed out all the plants which would thrive in direct sunlight.
I bought a lot of plants.
The next step was to plan the garden.
I arranged the taller plants at the back. Like this:
But of course three plants dont make a cozy nook.
So I went shopping for some garden pebbles. I bought white garden pebbles which cost me Rs.25/- a kilo. I bought about 10 kilos.
Next I wanted some lovely accessories for my garden. I searched online and found some nice garden stores in Bangalore. I spent a day shopping.
Then I arranged them together and spread out the pebbles.
Here is another picture where my doggie decided to inspect the pebbles and came into the frame :)
Can you see the wine bottles in the back ground? You can easily grow money plants in your empty wine bottles. All you need to do is rinse them thoroughly and top them up with water. Now place cuttings of money plants (take care to remove the leaves from the bottom of the stem that goes into the water) into the bottles and keep the water topped up every three or four days. (Hold it under running water till the water flows out and gets filled with fresh water. Also wash the leaves).
They make a lovely garden accessory. Here is a close up.
Next I plan to add seating to my balcony (its a fairly big one) and I also plan to add a water body. The sound of falling water is one of the most soothing sounds. I shall keep you posted on how my project develops.
Meanwhile, try transforming your space. This balcony makeover is really not that hard to do. If you are a man with no green thumb you can still do it and impress the woman in your life :) Or do it just for yourself too!
And if you are a woman looking to transform your space--just go ahead and indulge.
Your space and you, both deserve it.
And if you liked this post and my ideas dont forget to leave me a comment :)
I too need some incentives to share, right? :)