URBAN MICRO GARDEN: START YOUR GARDEN EVEN WITHOUT DIRECT SUN
Agriculture|January - February 2021
IN GARDENING, “There are four important elements: sunlight, water, nutrients, and time. There is no such thing as green or black thumb,” this is what Liezl Rivera, an IT Project Manager and gardener from Taguig believes in. Same goes for space; gardening does not require a wide area to begin with. In her case, to maximize her balcony garden, she opted for the vertical technique.
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THREE THINGS TO CONSIDER IN A BALCONY GARDEN:

• Shade plants

If your available planting space at home has abundant shade and no direct sunlight, it is best to grow herbs and leafy greens that can thrive in shade, Rivera said.

Rivera’s north-facing balcony receives limited sunlight, so to resolve this, she started planting shade-tolerant ornamental plants and vegetables like pechay and tomatoes at first.

Eventually, she discovered the plants that fit her balcony’s environment. She currently grows herbs like basil, mint, vegetables like lettuce and eggplant as well as air-purifying house plants like pothos, snake plant, and peace lily.

In balconies with no full sun, the benefit is that there’s no need to water the plants every day, one can only water them when the soil is dry, Rivera said.

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