In the urban environment most residents only have a window, balcony or small yard to grow edible plants. Many find it challenging (as compared with in-the-ground growing) to work with growing in a small space, container gardening, buying soil and dealing with the light and  wind conditions which can be more difficult in small spaces. With some helpful information to get you started, you might find that balcony gardening offers a create and fun challenge in the city.

The Concordia Greenhouse Demonstration Balcony Garden Project

In 2015, The Concordia Greenhouse began a new project entitled The Demonstration Balcony Garden Project, constructing a fake example balcony within their atrium lounge. This project aims to simulate a balcony gardening experience year-round by featuring a variety of vertical gardening and small space planter systems which are perfect for a low-budget small-space garden. Each week volunteers come to participate on researching, designing and building planters from mostly recycled materials as well as share balcony gardening research results.

In addition, in the spring of 2015 there were workshops held on topics such as vertical gardening, self watering planters, balcony composting, companion planting, and general garden care. Most of that information is contained within this free online resource which acts as the first Canadian guide to balcony gardening.

There are many ways to take advantage of small spaces using vertical gardening techniques. Choosing varieties of plants which grow well in containers is key . Creating a good design that takes advantage of the space will help you to be more successful. Using recycled materials to create container planters and vertical gardens is a great way to save on gardening expenses.

In this resource we will cover some best practices for balcony growing, choosing and creating container planters, vertical gardening design and preparing for your ultimate garden.

Email us for more info to get involved at –

Funded by the Sustainability Action Fund and the Concordia Greenhouse.


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