Living in the hustle and bustle of a city definitely has its perks, but what a lot of us are all too familiar with is the lack of greenery within our homes. So what can we do to bring some of the outside, in? Well, maybe a spot of urban gardening! Here’s how…
City flats and apartments don’t always have the luxury of space, so we need to be smart when thinking about where we can put plants around our home so that they can get the most light.
If you have the access to a balcony or roof terrace then these are an ideal place to start your own little Eden! If you’re not lucky enough to have access to outside space then get yourself some simple window boxes and put your new green housemates to grow.
Alternatively placing plant pots on a windowsill is a great place for plants as long as it’s one that receives are fair amount of sunlight and of course, don’t forget to water regularly!
What to grow?
You need to do some research on what you are looking to grow as all plants have different needs in terms of food, water and sunlight so make sure you’re able to give them what they need! For example, bonsai trees love light but shouldn’t be in direct content with it, whereas Chinese bamboo can do pretty well without.
There are of course endless possibilities when it comes to flowers but have you ever thought about growing your own herb garden? Why not try rosemary, mint or coriander as these are versatile herbs that are used in a variety of dishes and are easy to grow - great if you’re a beginner! Besides let’s face it, it’s all well and good having a well-stocked herb and spice rack but you can’t beat the taste of freshly picked herbs (and the satisfaction that you grew it yourself!) Herbs are really easy to manage and can just sit on your windowsill, brightening up the place and helping you save money at the same time.
If you like to spice things up a bit then why not try a chilli plant? There are lots of different varieties depending on how much heat you can handle! You can use them fresh or dry them out to make your very own chili flakes or use a combination of home grown garden goodies and make some homemade infused oil.
So there are just a few ideas for you to consider. An urban garden doesn’t have to be difficult or complicated. It’s all about making the most of the space you have available to grow a nice collection of plants to bring some natural colour to where you live!