Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Type of space: Balcony
Tell us about your outdoor project and how you enjoy it: Our balcony is quite small (6x11 feet) but I was determined to create a personal garden space while living in the city. The view is a wonderful panoramic of Philly's financial district high-rises, and I wanted a balance between that metal and glass beauty with a natural, green peacefulness. It is a relaxing escape from the city and work, and a quiet place to sit outside. As you can see, my cat would much rather be out here than in our apartment...How did you create it? This was my first attempt at container gardening (apart from many indoor plants), so I was trying to use my backyard gardens from childhood and in the past as a guide to plants and care. I also recently moved from Vermont to Philadelphia, so I was excited to start growing in a much warmer climate with an earlier growing season. Many of the plants I started indoor from seed, and others were gifts or from a local nursery. I decided for this year to stick with herbs and flowers given the limited space (rather than vegetables that I had grown in my previous gardens). This is still a work in progress — the metal railings and brick wall will (hopefully) be covered with morning glory, moonflower, scarlet runner bean, and sweetpea vines by the end of the summer to give some vertical height to the planter boxes.
Recommended store, site, product or resource? Renee's Garden is an excellent heirloom seed source, Greens Grow is a local Philly nursery and I definitely got some ideas from looking at Apartment Therapy and flickr photos of other people's projects.
(Re-edited from a post originally published 6.23.09 - NM)