Apartment Garden Blues (Blog): Water and Electricity

Outdoor Electrical OutletTwo things I really wish I had access to on my balcony garden are water and electricity. My gardening hobby would be so much easier if I had a hose hookup and an electrical outlet.

When I dream about the perfect balcony garden, I think of how I’d install an automatic watering system. That would save me more than two hours every week that I spend just filling up water jugs at the kitchen sink, lugging them outside and watering each container separately. I could spend more time lounging outside, reading a book and enjoying the plants. If I had an electrical outlet, I could also string up romantic string lights and spend warm summer nights outside with my husband.

And Christmas time would be a cinch! In the past, I’ve plugged in Christmas lights inside, popped out a window screen and sent them outside that way. But I could never completely close the window, and even in Southern California it can get a bit cold at night.

What would you have in your perfect balcony garden?



Alexandra Martin is a professional writer from Southern California who grows vegetables, herbs, lots of aloe vera and one giant Boston fern in her balcony garden. She also grows dracaena, pothos and English ivy indoors. She loves traveling and birdwatching in addition to gardening.

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