Patio Heaters That Are Ideal For Balconies

Patio heaters are for patios, true, but in some respects, a balcony is a small, elevated patio area. Given there are very many people who live in apartments with balconies and are by the turn of the seasons forced to stay inside much the same as owners of regular patios, what heating options are there for extending the use of a balcony? Given the size of most balconies which only have room to accommodate a couple of small chairs and no table, a standing patio heater is out. And without a table of some kind, a table top patio heater is also out. So that’s it then, there’s nothing, right? Wrong…

One of the best innovations in heating small patios (or even large patios) and small balcony spaces is definitely the wall mounted infrared patio heater. It takes no space up whatsoever on the floor or table so it’s never in the way – it’s mounted on a wall, usually above head height.

If you’ve never seen one before, it looks almost identical to the classic security lights and operates much the same – when someone is within the infrared detector, instead of a blinding floodlight you get a nice warm heat wave.

As these types of heaters run on electricity they also aren’t any kind of a fire hazard and you don’t have to lug heavy fuel canisters up flights of stairs, either. That makes them the ideal type of patio heater to purchase to heat your balcony space and restore comfort to your time outdoors.

Spruce Up Your Balcony For The Summer

Gear up for the coming summer to escape the sweat session between the four walls and soak up Vitamin D. Summer doesn’t know the difference between urban and rural areas. But relatively, urban areas bear the brunt of the summer. So, I wish to share the following ideas that can make your summer more refreshing.

Step 1: If your balcony is packed with unwanted things, then it’s time to change. Measure the available area and plan accordingly. From your own analysis, draw a conclusion about what exactly fills the space beautifully.

Step 2: Personalize your space. Fill the space with things you love the most and wish to spend the time with. It also mirrors your personality.

Step 3: Go green. It is advised to associate yourselves with the greenery. So, cover your space with plants that help your lifestyle. If there is enough space, then add value to space by growing vegetables and fruits. It not only saves pocket expenditure but also enriches the space with high levels of oxygen.

Step 4: Patronize the patterned style. Interiors always set a range to flex your creativity. But when it comes to patios or balconies, the sky is the only limit. Choose colorful & contrasting patterns that absorb the sunlight.

Step 5: Configure the furniture. If you are an avid reader, then arrange a small book shelve which can withstand hot conditions. If you just want to enjoy the breeze, then go with a normal seating arrangement. Make sure that the arrangement does not dilute the very purpose. Choose a furniture piece which can be folded and carried easily. It not only saves space but also reduces the weather adversity. Rigid and standard furniture pieces have to cope with bad environmental effects.

Step 6: Don’t relax as there is something more to do. Instead of leaving the furniture bare, spread attractive cloth covers over them. If you are planning to use upholstered furniture, then choose leather upholstery as it is a water-repellent material. The color of the upholstery is one of the determining factors of your balcony.

Above all, it is up to you to decide which best suits to your d├ęcor. I have been enjoying in my suspended balcony. It is filled with climbers and vertical plant hangers. I love sipping coffee in the balcony, so I placed a beautiful Glass Coffee Table which also has a storage facility. Let’s live the life to its fullest and experience the things which are closer to you.

How to Plant a Garden With Small Space Gardening

As our population grows and our cities expand farther and farther into rural areas, the space the average homeowner has available for gardening has shrunk to alarmingly small proportions. While our grandparents planted victory gardens and grew enough food to make a real dent in the family’s needs, today we’re lucky if we can plant a couple of tomato plants and some flowers. With good planning, though, you can grow enough in a small space to both satisfy your green thumb and even share the bounty with neighbors.

For years PBS stations broadcast a show called “Square Foot Gardening”. In this show, homeowners were taught to plant gardens divided into plots of one square foot. Seeds were planted not with an eye to thinning out later, but with an eye to how much they’d grow now, and a garden produced more in about only 20% of the space. These concepts still apply, and they can help an urban gardener with a very small plot grow a surplus of flowers or vegetables in a tiny space.

Companion planting is also something to think about. Native Americans used to plant what was called the “three sister”: corn, beans, and squash. The corn provided a stalk for the beans to grow up, and the squash mulched the ground and thrived in the shade provided by the corn and beans. Many plants grow happily in companionship with others, and some plants, being slow to mature, can grow slowly underground while a faster crop ripens above in the same space.

Finally, don’t forget about container planting. Even apartment dwellers with only balcony space can use grow bags or patio containers for beautiful flowers or vegetables. Many containers are sold ready to add potting mix and plants, or an industrious homeowner or renter can put a few tools together and make their own for a very modest outlay in time and money. An added bonus is the ability to bring your plants inside and extend the growing season, something traditional gardeners can’t do!

Just because your space has become limited, don’t assume that your ability to garden has been similarly constrained. Do your research – your local library is a wealth of information – and think outside the normal limits of your gardening repertoire. You will probably find growing space in places you never thought of before. Garden in new ways, and you’ll be happier, and greener, for it!