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What to sow and grow this spring: Wembley Park management company shares tips for blooming balconies

As spring finally blossoms in London, Quintain Living, overseeing 3,390 apartments with balconies in Wembley Park, urges residents to dive into balcony gardening.

They offer some of their own simple tips for vibrant balconies to get ready for the summer –

Whilst Spring is indeed here, it’s the perfect time to start preparing for colourful summer balconies. You can begin by planting seeds like sweet peas, which can be easily sown into pots and placed in a sheltered outdoor spot.

Sunflowers, poppies, and cornflowers, known for their hardiness, can also be sown directly outdoors, promising a vibrant burst of colour.

For half-hardy annual seeds such as cosmos and petunias, it’s a bit early to transition them outdoors. Instead, you can start them off indoors in a propagator or pots on a sunny windowsill.

This allows them to begin growing before being planted outside once the weather warms up, or you can opt to keep them indoors to add a splash of color to your home.

Dahlia tubers can be planted indoors now as well, before being planted out in the summer. Dahlia tubers can be dug up in the autumn, to clean, dry and store in a dark place over winter, before planting them again in spring, ready for another year of blooms.

It’s not just flowers that will benefit from an early start. Chillies and tomatoes with thrive on a sunny windowsill, ready for planting out in a few weeks’ time. Starting them from seed now can deliver fresh produce from mid-summer right through to the autumn.

Potatoes are another good choice for growing on balconies and can be sown outside in pots in March. Potato bags with flaps that open for easy harvesting are a great choice for balconies, while large pots will also work well

There are several types of edible flowers that will grow happily on a windowsill or balcony.

Nasturtiums, marigolds, love in the mist and pansies can all add a touch of exquisite colour to rooms, balconies and plates alike.

As Quintain Living celebrates nature in Wembley Park, showcasing residents’ blooming balconies, Repton Gardens, a central garden offers a serene escape, with BBQ areas and play spaces in the area.

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Repton Gardens by Quintain Living, Wembley Park

Danielle Bayless, Chief Operating Officer, Quintain Living, and keen balcony gardener said, “Warm windowsills and sheltered balconies are ideal for sowing seeds and tubers at this time of year. Gardening is a great way to connect with nature and can be an excellent mindful activity. Putting in a little work now will also reap big rewards when it comes to enjoying a wealth of summer and autumn flowers.”

Nature is integrated indoors too, with plants enhancing air quality and adding calmness. Quintain Living’s focus on natural materials creates a tranquil community.

As spring unfolds, Quintain Living’s encouragement to garden on balconies adds beauty and a connection to nature in Wembley Park’s urban landscape.