If you live in the city, seeing a bit of green can do wonders for your mood! It’s no wonder why workers flock to parks and green spaces to eat their lunch or perch have plants on their desk – nature makes us feel good!
So what about the home? Well maybe that’s where an urban garden can come in handy…
Make the most of your space
So what is an urban garden? Well, it’s just that - a little green space right there in your home. If you live in the city or in an urban center odds are that you will be somewhat limited for space but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a few potted pals hanging around!
If you have a roof terrace or balcony, then it’s a no-brainer. These are ideal places to create a lovely little garden, even with a little patch of grass if you have the room! Just like your own little oasis or Eden in the concrete jungle. If you don’t have a balcony all is not lost – a few window boxes is all you need to get your urban garden flourishing.
One of the easier things you can do is arrange a collection of potted plants in one corner of your apartment, or on window sills – with enough of these you can create a wonderful-looking green area. Just don’t forget to make sure they get plenty of light and water!
So what can you grow?
Different plants have different needs in terms of food, water and sunshine so make sure you do your research first! For example, Chinese bamboo makes for an attractive and low-maintenance plant that’s happy for minimum light whilst a bonsai tree is really sensitive to its surroundings and needs good light and regular clipping.
There are all kinds of flowers you can grow, but what about creating a little herb garden? Just think: you could grow all kinds of things like mint, rosemary and coriander without any hassle. Not only do they look and smell nice, but you can use them too. They don’t take too much work and are quite happy to be left on a windowsill until you’re read to pick them and sprinkle over your next meal.
You could even grow yourself a little chili plant if you want to spice things up. There are a number of different types out there depending on how hot you want to go - You can chop them up fresh or dry them out to make your very own chili flakes.
When you think about it, you can grow anything as long as you have the soil and light! Tomatoes, peas and strawberries are also fairly easy to manage and can really make your urban garden be vibrant, relaxing and useful!
Start off easy – get yourself a plant or two and see how quickly your urban garden can grow.