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Tips for Cultivating an Eco-Friendly Balcony Garden

Tips for Cultivating an Eco-Friendly Balcony Garden

It’s crucial to recognize the ways in which we can minimize our impact or even have a positive impact on the environment. If you’re interested in improving or completely transforming your outdoor space, there are a number of ways you can do so sustainably. Below we offer five ideas for creating an eco-friendly balcony garden.

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1. Plant a vegetable garden

Planting a vegetable garden on your balcony is a great way to gain access to less expensive, healthy, and sustainable foods. Make sure vegetables grown in containers have good drainage and get enough sunlight and water. Some vegetables that do well in containers include: cucumbers, peppers, tomatoes, beans, carrots, peas, radishes, and eggplants. Yum!

 

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2. Plant an herb garden

Instead of purchasing herbs at the store, which are often sold in plastic packaging, you can add flavor to your life by planting a few of your favorite herbs right on your balcony. Choose from the various delicious annual herbs such as parsley, basil, fennel, dill, and cilantro, and perennial herbs, such as sage, oregano, mint, rosemary, thyme, and lavender.

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3. Add a compost

A great way to fertilize your balcony garden is with your own compost! Consider adding a small compost bin to your balcony so that you can avoid purchasing commercial fertilizer, which is often expensive and can contain harmful chemicals. Plus, you’ll reduce waste. More than 28 percent of what is thrown away is food scraps and yard waste that could be composted.

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4. Upcycle materials

Instead of purchasing new items for your balcony garden, consider upcycling materials. Transform unwanted materials into useful products by repurposing them. By doing so you will keep items out of the landfill and help to save resources as already each day 80,000 acres of forests disappear from the earth and more than 20,000 tons of plastic are dumped into the ocean.

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5. Install solar panels

By adding solar panels to your balcony you can power the lighting on your balcony or even capture enough energy to use throughout your home. In fact, a standard single solar panel can typically cover about 5 percent of your household electricity needs. This is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint.

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6. Get A Smart Indoor Garden:

Transform your gardening experience with the AVA Byte, an automated smart garden that used NASA-inspired LED’s, watering recipes, pre-seeded pod packs to create an optimal growing experience. Connect the AVA Byte to your Smart Home device to give your plants a voice. Download the AVA app to get notification reminders, growing tips, recipes, and more.



Check out the visual below from Apartment Guide for more eco-friendly balcony garden ideas

About the writer: Julia Morrissey is passionate about creating content and writes about a unique range of topics ranging from lifestyle to business. When she's not writing, Julia also enjoys running with her dog, playing tennis, and eating vegan cake.

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