WIN: The Balcony Gardener book

One of the problems of living in a very built-up area like this is the lack of garden space. Ok, it’s not a problem for everyone, but deep down most of us have a need for some foliage in our life and the cactus on the shelf by the TV doesn’t really cut it.

But maybe you have a balcony? Lots of us have balconies and where there’s a balcony there’s the potential for a balcony garden.

Local green-fingered enthusiast Isabelle Palmer is here to help with her book, The Balcony Gardener.

“We all live busy lives”, says Isabelle, “If you have never had a garden before, it can be a daunting thought not knowing where to begin. I know that this was how I felt initially and, looking back, my balcony garden started out as not much more than two pot plants. So, I would suggest that you start small. By small, I mean growing easy-care and low-maintenance plants at first to start to build the foundations of what you want to achieve”

The book shows you how to turn any balcony, roof terrace or window sill into your own mini-garden with a range of inventive gardening ideas and projects.

Isabelle provides lots of tips and advice for the small space-gardener as well as including a number of creative window boxes for those time-poor lazy gardeners among us who yearn for a blossoming garden with little effort and low maintenance.

If you’re into food, Isabelle shows how to plant a selection of culinary herbs and who would have thought that a simple window box can easily provide you with tomatoes, strawberries, carrots , courgettes and all-year round
salad leaves?

Tempted? Well, guess what! You can win a copy of The Balcony Gardener (worth £14.99 – and otherwise available from To enter, simply tell us which form of transport appears in one of The Balcony Gardener‘s Terrariums. Mail your answer to with the subject line “The Balcony Gardener”. The winner will be drawn at random from the correct answers received by Friday 17th May. Open to UK residents only.