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

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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 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 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.

Re-edited from a post originally published March 8, 2012 - DF