Balcony Gardening for Seniors

Senior at the Garden Centre

Starting a balcony garden is a simple, yet meaningful way to reap the benefits of nature right at home. With only a few supplies needed, balcony gardening is the perfect way to enjoy bright, sunny summer afternoons.

What are the benefits of Balcony Gardens?

If you have ever considered starting a balcony garden but need a nudge to take the leap, check out these amazing benefits for some encouragement.

Gardening as a hobby. If you thought moving into a retirement living community meant having to give up your love of gardening, think again! No matter how much space you have, a few basic supplies is all you need to get back to what you love.

  • Enjoying nature. Getting out in nature is one of the best medicines out there, and with a balcony garden, you can enjoy a piece of nature at home. Whether you are growing flowers, vegetables or other plants, reap the benefits from just outside your door (or even on the windowsill).
  • Eat what you grow. Growing fruits and vegetables is an easy feat with some preparation and care. Enjoy the fruits of your labour as snacks or as part of a meal and take pride in the fact that they were homegrown.
  • Social Interaction. A balcony garden is a wonderful conversation starter, and while you are tending to your plants, take some time to chat with your neighbours on the next balcony!

What can you plant in a Balcony Garden?

When it comes to what you can grow in your balcony garden, there is almost limitless options. Here are just a few ideas to get you started.

Herbs are an excellent place to begin  as they are versatile and can be used in a variety of culinary dishes for a delicious, and healthy, addition. Consider herbs like thyme, rosemary, chives, mint, dill or parsley. But do your due diligence as certain herbs thrive in different environments like light or shade.

Bulbs are easy to plant and maintain, and ones like daffodils, tulips or hyacinths would make great additions to any garden.

Many delicious fruits and vegetables can be easily grown in a balcony garden. Produce such as tomatoes, strawberries and lettuce are some of the most versatile and delicious choices, and would lend themselves perfectly to any summer dish.

Do you enjoy an evening relaxing outside on the balcony? If so, adding some fragrance might be just the key to take it  up a notch. Consider jasmine, petunias, wisteria or many others for an ambiance of relaxation.

Remember that there are so many more possibilities, so enjoy the process of learning and deciding what you want to grow in your garden.

What supplies to you need?

You’re ready to dig in and get started building your garden. But what do you need? With a few basic staples, your garden will be on its way in no time.

Seeds and soil are the first steps to a beautiful garden. Ensure you have the correct soil for your plants so that they can grow strong and healthy. Find these and other supplies at local greenhouses. Check out Sunnyside Nursery in Tsawwassen and Cedar Rim Nursery in Langley.

Once you have the seeds and soil, your plants need a home. There are so many varieties of pots and planters to choose from, but while these are the most common, they are not the only options available. If you have limited space, consider hanging baskets or troughs to maximize your vertical space and add a unique aesthetic.

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and to ensure the health and safety of all residents, consider asking a friend or family member to purchase your garden supplies and have them dropped off at your door. Alternatively, you can order supplies on Amazon and have it delivered.

Get Growing!

Gardening is a big part of many seniors’ hearts and so too is it apart of the Bria Communities lifestyle. They offer many means for residents to take part, including raised garden beds and planters in the courtyards and rooftop gardens, all of which are available for residents to love and enjoy.

For the experienced gardener and the beginner alike, growing a balcony garden is a unique, innovative project that can bring home the joys of nature and its many benefits. This summer, consider starting a balcony garden and open the door to the wonder of nature and her many blessings.

~Guest Author: Rhianna Lynn