Haze, endless cars and highways seem to paint the scenery. There is only so much concrete & metal that you can look at! Brighten your home up with a little balcony garden to contrast the concrete jungle backdrop while at the same time letting your little green treasures filter out the bad haze. Make the effort to create a theme for an extravagant resting place or invest a few minutes each day to tend to a lovely simple garden. Why not test out your green thumb on these few projects!
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The easiest option is to fill the balcony railings with self-watering pots and plant them with simple durable herbs such as lemongrass, chili, coriander or rosemary. Make sure not to overcrowd the herbs so that they have room to grow. Most importantly, only plant the herbs that have similar water & sun requirements together.
You can take the easy way out and buy a RM45 seed box from Eat, Shoots & Roots that has a variety of seeds to suit your specific needs or feel free to hunt around on Facebook for generous offerings from places like Seedsavers.
Simple Vegetable Garden
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Have your time invested pay back with savings on your grocery bill as you work on an edible balcony garden flowing with onions, tomatoes & our Malaysian all time favourite, pandan. Follow Just As Delish’s step by step guide on how to start an edible balcony garden in Kuala Lumpur. While these edible gardens take more attention and work, the rewards are plentiful as the harvest rolls in. Just remember not to over-water them as it can cause the roots to rot away from the moisture.
Many Malaysians have risen up to the challenge building urban gardening communities that is working to encourage a green thumb among our concrete jungle-ites. And to think that there is an edible community garden in TTDI where you can join in to help out or take up the challenge to cultivate a plot on your own. Or don’t be a loner and bring a whole group of friends together to share the responsibilities!
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Sometimes, you can spend a little bit more to get a more decorated green space. Neo Nusantara is a Malaysian born company specializing in balcony gardens and boasts about how doable and inexpensive it is to transform your balcony as an extension of your living space due to its small space. While the fountain portion might be a bit pricey, any hardware shop would carry the required resources (decking, decorative stones, mini planters & window panel) and if you are super handy, source your own second hand fountain to do a DIY installation. Just remember that you don’t want to flood the downstairs neighbours so be confident about your handiwork!
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Don’t let the kids miss out on the fun. Create and build a Fairy Garden with them with whatever you can find around the house. Put those annoying miniature toys and furniture to good use instead of having them lying around the house for you to step on like a mine field. Just a few simple decorative toys, some moss or grass and tiny flowers to brighten your kids’ day.
The ultimate relaxation after a long day of work and frustrations is using your hands productively and shutting your mind down. Cultivating your green thumb not only improves your eyesight but also soothes the soul. There is nothing better in this world than knowing that you are creating and cultivating life! And, sometimes, edible life too…..yummmmmm