With our growing reputation as the local experts on custom planters and garden containers, FarmCity has recently added a woodworking shop to our set-up - allowing us greater precision and quality in creating some of the best garden woodwork in Vancouver! And it permits us to work year-round on your projects.
One client bought herself a beautiful Christmas present, installed in early December: a suite of balcony planters, for both her upper and lower balconies.
First, on both balconies, we installed the decking, replacing the cold concrete blocks with a friendlier, less industrial wooden surface.
Then on the lower balcony, we built planters around three sides, creating almost 60 square feet of growing space. She also has still more growing space in the in-built cement planters on the other side of the balcony rail, which she can now access easily with the stairs in the middle of the picture.
The tulip bulbs are already planted, waiting for spring - and she'll be entertaining guests in the midst of a lush, colourful display.
The panorama-style photo distorts things a bit, but hopefully gives a sense of the wrap-around greenery to come!
Since the balcony is off the kitchen, we also installed a self-contained balcony composter which both reduces waste and feeds the garden, all at once! The composter's not visible here - but check out the link for a photo.
We went a little smaller on the upper balcony, a more private space off the main bedroom (below). The smaller planters are all on wheels, so that the space can be as versatile as possible - allowing room for yoga, coffee in the morning sun, or just admiring the view out to the ocean. Here, we also built a trellis for an evergreen clematis, to create a greater sense of privacy.
At two feet high, all of these planters would also be ideal for gardeners with bad backs, sore knees or any other physical limitations. Just the right height for wheelchair gardeners!