When your apartment is located in the city, one of the places you can go to be one with nature is public gardens or parks. But there is one thing that city dwellers do to be as close to nature as possible: create a personal urban garden in their own living space.
Urban gardening is beyond just growing houseplants. It is about creating a sustainable garden that will thrive even in the tiniest places of your apartment, like your balcony, courtyard, bedroom, and even in your living room.
So here are three sustainable ways to turn your apartment into an urban garden:
1. Install a Vertical Garden
You can attach a vertical garden on the wall of your apartment to grow different kinds of flowers and herbs. Use new or recycled polyethylene pots which can be mounted on the wall and hold the small roots of plants. Herbs like rosemary, parsley, basil, and oregano would thrive in your small garden. You can also plant some grasses and ground covers bearing different shapes of colors so your vertical garden will accentuate your wall.
You can have a vertical garden indoors or outdoors. You can also add different kinds of living things like ferns, mosses, and grasses that will make your space more colorful and interesting.
2. Line a Few Pots in the Front Porch
The small space on your porch or balcony can also be utilized to create a sustainable garden. Line a few pots with small shrubs and other plants that are easy to care for. Place the pots in front of your apartment door so you can greet your visitors with a luxurious garden on your doorstep.
You can also grow edible plants like tomatoes, eggplants, or even a few herbs like basil, thyme, and rosemary. Don’t forget to water your plants every day. And the best thing about this is you can harvest your fresh produce and have a picnic on your front porch while enjoying the cool breeze. And don’t place water in saucers beneath the pots, as that will stop the oxygen from reaching the roots of the plant.
Now, growing your plants that are exposed outside can be tricky, especially if you are busy with a lot of things. To make sure that your plants won’t dry out fast, use wicking beds so you won’t have to frequently water them.
3. Dig in Your Courtyard
One of the best ways to make an apartment garden is to turn your courtyard into a small garden. If you have a backyard or an empty space in your apartment, then it is the perfect place to plant some fruits and vegetables. You can grow your own food so you will be able to save money and be eco-friendly.
You can use your empty space to plant vegetables like tomatoes, basil, and lettuce. You can also plant some edible flowers like roses, oregano, or even cooking herbs like thyme, rosemary, and mint. You can even plant sprawling trees that can give shade during hot summer days.
After planting, you can also place a few swings in your garden to have a relaxing time with your family and friends.
Remember that you can do a lot of things with just a little space. You can build a sustainable garden inside your apartment and make it thrive.
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