A Creative Way to Use an Arbor on a Balcony Garden

Balcony Gardening

A Creative Way to Use an Arbor on a Balcony Garden


I was flipping through the photos on my phone, saw the one above, and and idea occurred to me. I originally took the photo (at Long Beach City College’s Horticulture Department plant sale) because I thought hanging strawberry grow bags might be of interest to LOTB readers. But when I saw it the second time I remembered that the grow bags were hanging from a wooden arbor. And that’s the idea that struck me as particularly interesting for balcony gardeners.

Vertical gardening is often suggested to apartment and condo gardeners. And on it’s face, it seems like a good idea. People with hardly any space would be wise to use all the space they have, right? Well, I don’t know about you, but I’ve never lived somewhere that allowed me to drill holes in my exterior walls. That’s why hanging things from an arbor is so brilliant. No holes!

But it gets better my friends. Yes, you can now hang grow bags from the arbor that is artfully placed at one end of your balcony. But you can place large pots or a planter box beneath the grow bags to use that space too. And then, you can use the sides to grow climbers like peas or cucumbers. Ladies and gentlemen, that’s the trifecta.

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