Like most people living in London flats, without a garden it’s easy to think that you don’t have a green thumb. But with the urban gardening trend growing bigger by the day, it’s good to know you can practice greener living, even in the tiniest of spaces. Here we show you how to grow your own food, care for houseplants, and how to feel inspired with small storage solutions.
GROW YOUR OWN Growing your own fruit and veg can be limited without a garden, allotment or greenhouse to speak of. That being said, it is possible to grow small quantities of tomatoes, chilli peppers, leaves and beans indoors during the summer months. Herbs, on the other hand are a great way to garden in an urban environment all year round. Basil, mint chives, lemongrass, rosemary, thyme and parsley are all popular choices to grow indoors. You may have also noticed the foodie trend for flower salad garnishes. So if that’s your thing, you can focus your gardening efforts on growing edible flowers such as Borage, Dill, Jasmine, Sunflower, Clover, Daisy and Chamomile.
CARING FOR HOUSEPLANTS It’s not easy to keep a high maintenance plant thriving while leading a busy city lifestyle. If that’s your situation, easygoing cacti and succulents are excellent plants to decorate your urban home with. We recommend the orchid cactus, the Aloe Vera, the Sansevieria or the Christmas and Easter cacti. Watering, Lighting, Propagating, Temperature, Humidity, Repotting, Fertilizing and Cleaning are all important steps when it comes to houseplant care. There are some excellent tools available on the market to make looking after indoor plants much easier, including watering pipes, bulbs and bottles, miniature versions of traditional gardening tools, as well as complete propagating, planting and potting kits.
GO GREEN AND PROSPER Urban Gardening Written by Ruth MacGilp
TINY SPACE STORAGE SOLUTIONS Delightfully decorated planters, whether made from wood, concrete or pottery, are a huge trend right now in interiors. Line them up in size order on a bookshelf, or attach string loops and hang them from a windowsill for the ultimate in Pinterest chic. You could even try a dab hand at upcycling by reusing tin cans or glass bottles as plant pots, or better still, go planter-free with a climbing plant that can wind around your living space. Whatever you go for, remember that plants don’t have to be big to be beautiful, and refreshing your home with greenery, however small, can make a huge difference to both your physical and mental health.
For more advice and inspiration about urban gardening, read ‘Bring the Outdoors In’ by Shane Powers