7 Top Tips for City Gardening – Space-Saving Urban Gardening HacksAugust 5, 2019
Last modified: August 5, 2019If you live in the city and you wish to start utilising your limited outdoor space, here are the tips to maximise the potential of your city garden.
City dwellers often think gardening is only for those who live in rural areas or suburban communities. Little did they know that gardening is likely possible in urban areas as well.
In fact, planting more flowers and shrubs is a perfect way to clean the air and promote a healthier ecosystem in metropolitan areas.
The only downside is that your plants are exposed to higher levels of pollution.
Nevertheless, if you wish to start utilising your limited outdoor space, e.g. terrace, balcony or small backyards, and achieve a mini garden, here’s some great news: you’re in the right article!
Our horticulture specialists have revealed their top tips and tricks to help you maximise the potential of your small garden.
So, shall we begin?
7 Top Tips to City Gardening
Here’s how you can make your dream garden come true even if you live in a city!
1. Container Garden
Are you renting or living in an apartment, and dreaming of a mini garden? Here’s the answer to your dream!
You can make the most of your outdoor space with little cost by starting your own container garden. What’s good about a container garden is you can take them with you if you choose to move out in the future.
Terracotta pots are perfect for this idea then you can dot them around your outdoor space. Not only are they inexpensive, but they are also high-quality hardy containers.
For a cheaper option, you can opt for old wine crates.
2. Plant Shade-friendly Flowers
Planting sun-hungry plants,e.g. Aloe vera, in a city can be tricky as there will be plenty of tall buildings overlooking your garden, balcony, or terrace.
That said, consider planting flowers that can thrive in shady conditions, such as hydrangea, snowdrops, pulmonaria, and ivy.
3. Plant Upwards
Plants that cling to walls are sure to make great features in your apartment. But be wary as they may be hard to get rid of them once established.
Instead, consider installing a wall planter. This will keep the plants from getting tangled around external wires.
And this will let you enjoy lots of greenery in even the smallest of spaces.
4. Small Succulents
Sometimes an outdoor space isn’t a requirement to achieve a mini garden.
In fact, you can start your mini garden with just small succulents, such as cacti.
What’s good about having succulents at home is you can place them pretty anywhere, such as near the window and on a table.
Moreover, this kind of plant only requires a little amount of water and maintenance. This is an ideal choice, especially if you’re a novice gardener.
You can also let your creativity run wild by making your own terrarium. All you need is a transparent container, pebbles, soil and succulents.
Don’t worry; this will only take you less than 30 minutes.
5. Air Plants
If planting in the soil isn’t an option due to limited space, or you don’t have a green thumb and think you have no time to care for plants in your home, you can opt for plants that can get all their nutrients from the air instead.
Air plants are perfect for the city garden as they can be planted anywhere, providing they receive enough water and light. Also, it doesn’t take a lot of work to care for them.
Tillandsia is a known air plant that only requires a 2-3 time of misting a week when planted in a wine cork.
6. Remain Zen
It’s time to have a replicate scene of nature in your home, especially if you’re a nature lover!
The idea of adding a traditional Japanese Bonsai garden, a miniature scene from nature, in your place can refresh your mind, increase your creativity, reduce stress and provide you with happiness.
7. Miniature Greenhouse
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Even the humblest of gardens can benefit from a flourishing greenhouse. A mini greenhouse can help you grow only a few plants that you like, germinate seeds, and not to mention that a greenhouse can even protect your plants during the colder seasons.
But hey, we’re not saying that you need to purchase a greenhouse. Instead, just simply install a slim glass cabinet or an old cabinet against the wall and paint it with weatherproof paint to prevent any damage.