The countryside isn’t for everyone. Here at The Old House in the Shires, we love the wide open spaces and the weird and wonderful smells that waft from the nearby fields. Of course, if you are a big city type, you may prefer the hustle and bustle of people and the constant buzz of the hub. Both have their pros and cons and it’s down to personal choice which lifestyle you pick. One thing that you may miss or envy is a garden or having your own outside space. There aren’t many better ways to relax or brighten up space than with plants.
Here are four urban gardening tips:
Do you live in an apartment complex? If the answer is yes, you can look up to the skies for inspiration. Usually, this is one of the only spaces in the city that isn’t overcrowded and overpopulated with people and stuff. As a result, it makes it a perfect place to start building an urban garden of your dreams. All you have to do is buy plant pots and hanging baskets and place them vertically. Some people even are lucky enough to have a roof garden to start a flower/vegetable patch. I personally love seeing a sedum roof as it’s a great way to add pollinator plants for bees and other insects.
Use Left Overs
Lofts and garages are generally full of stuff that no one wants. After all, there is nowhere else to put it and it is often out of sight and out of mind. However, don’t remove any of the clutter until you are sure it has zero gardening value. For example, a wooden pallet can become a perfect place to grow herbs or succulents. Making a pallet garden is easy and it makes a fun project with children. Or, fill a disused wine box with vegetation. Don’t worry about soil because hydroponics will add nutrients. Remember that one person’s trash is another person’s treasure. Personally, I love to see vintage chimney pots or old tin baths filled with plants and used like plant pots.
When you see a Zen garden, you may feel they are small and insignificant and seem pointless. However, it’s because they are tiny and hassle-free that they are perfect for a city house or flat. Typically, Zen gardens don’t involve any greenery but use sand, grain and stones instead. From an interior design standpoint, it’s a fantastic way to add contrast to the living space. Plus, it does what it says on the tin and relieves stress by bringing a sense of calm. A true Zen garden means whatever the viewer wishes it to mean so it can work in tiny spaces as long as there is a place to view it from.
Bring it inside
Gardens don’t have to stay outside. In fact, the ones in the city are often inside because there isn’t enough room. With that in mind, don’t be afraid to get creative and use the interior to add life and vibrancy. For example, walls and ceilings are excellent places for plants as you can use custom made holders. Or, there are ceiling planters that hang from up high. Probably the best tip is to use herbs in the kitchen as aromatic plants are not only useful but luscious and have a great smell.
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A blog about my life in The Old House, a mum to teenagers, a primary school teacher and my passion for gardening.