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Gardening Without a Garden: 10 Ideas for Your Patio or Balcony via Apartment Therapy

Nancy Mitchell








Few things are more satisfying than growing your own food. Few things are more frustrating than being a garden lover trapped in a teeny-tiny apartment. What to do? Here are some gardening projects that will work on even the smallest patio or balcony…plus tips for growing citrus indoors if you don’t have a balcony at all.


1. Linsey of LLH Designs planted herbs in wine boxes.
2. Increase growing space on a tiny balcony with this DIY pallet garden.
3. Canning jars mounted to the wall are cute and practical.
4. Possibly the cheapest and easiest gardening idea I’ve seen yet…re-purpose an old shoe organizer.
5. Here’s another vertical solution. You could grow an entire salad.


6. Gutters easily mount to a wall or balcony railing for plants that don’t have deep roots.
7. This patio garden is made from a couple of galvanized tubs stacked together.
8. How to make a container water garden.
9. If you’re looking to grow larger plants, these self-irrigating planters made from plastic tubs are a great idea.
10. For those of you with no outdoor space, here are some tips for growing citrus indoors. Bonus: your apartment will smell amazing.

Looking for plants that will work well in your container garden?