I’ve decided to keep the balcony garden layout simple (and hopefully less cluttered) this year and showcase the troughs. So on the south side of the balcony I have set up eight of my troughs in a somewhat symmetrical layout. I’ve elevated the troughs at each end of the metal railing and left the rest on their rollers so I can move them about. It will make trough planting and maintenance so much easier. I use the metal roller platforms that you can buy at most nurseries. I’ve had mine for a few years, so if you look after them they can be a one-time purchase. The wooden platform rollers are a waste of money if you have heavy containers because the wood can’t take the weight.
We’ve also got new folding deck chairs to test drive this summer. I think they are going to be a great addition – comfy seating and easy storage.
I’ve potted up three tumbler tomatoes. They’ll be protected under my plastic cloches for the next few weeks and most likely will be moved in and out of the apartment every night until it gets a little warmer. But it was time to get them into big containers and let their well-established root balls spread out.
It’s a start. Next weekend, I’ll tackle the east side of the balcony.