My Great Outdoors: Katie's Austin Garden Balcony

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Name: Katie

Location: Austin, Texas

Type of space: Apartment balcony

Tell us about your outdoor project and how you enjoy it: Every morning I sit on the comfy wicker chair and drink my coffee while looking down on the city below. I like to eat meals out there and scatter the remaining crumbs to the birds (There's alot of little colorful sparrows around here that aren't too afraid of hanging out on the porch with people!) I grow garden herbs on my balcony to use as a fresh garnish in my cooking as well.

How did you create it? The balcony is actually very small, so I had to be creative with how I placed my plants. The trick here was to use various levels. This not only helped to save room, but it also maximized the amount of sun exposure for the plants. I installed some ledges I found at a local thrift store and used a stacked planter as well as hanging baskets.

Recommended store, site, product or resource? Craigslist! I bought alot of colorful little pots for pennies off of there.

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