An Introduction to Urban Gardening

There’s something rejuvenating about being surrounded by plants. They bring a splash of color to your home, backyard, or deck, adding a lively touch wherever they are. Plants don’t just look nice, though. They can actually improve the air quality in your home by reducing carbon dioxide levels and removing pollutants. And, if you’re growing fruits or vegetables, it’s a convenient way to keep healthy food on hand.

Barebones Living Pruner, $28 

If you live in a house with a lot of windows and outdoor space, it’s pretty easy to start a nice garden and get enough sunlight to keep some plants inside. But what about those of us who live in an apartment? Space can be very limited, you may not have access to outdoor space to put your garden, and your apartment location may provide limited natural light.

Thankfully, even if you’re renting a smaller space in the city, you still have garden options, we just need to get a bit more creative. First thing you need to do is decide how you want to set up your urban garden. If you have access to a rooftop or a small balcony, great! Otherwise, figure out which window in your home lets in the most light. That’s where you’ll want to put your indoor garden—just choose plants that don’t need quite as much sunlight. Really don’t have enough light anywhere? You may need to buy a grow light. If you have limited floor space for your garden you might consider hanging some plants on your wall or suspended from your ceiling

Atlas Hanging Cork Planter, $95

 

Hapi Self-Watering Pot, from $75

When working with limited space, consider putting your plants in container gardens, vertical or hanging planters, or a cluster of pots that will give the appearance of a more typical garden. Whatever way you decide to go, start small. You can always add more plants or containers later, but if you’re too overwhelmed (or accidentally kill your plants) it’s easy to give up on apartment gardening and assume you’re just not meant to have beautiful greens in your home - there’s is always wall art to bring a touch of greenery to your space!

Homestead Print, from $8.50

Next, you’ll need to decide what you want to grow. Houseplants, veggies, something that will beautifully flower? 

Depending on your light, some plants are known for being easier to grow in apartments: greens that can be cut and continue growing such as basil, parsley, oregano, scallions, some types of tomatoes, African violets, and Christmas cactus.

Self-Watering Herb Organizer, $79

In addition to making sure your plants get enough sunlight, you’ll also want to make sure you’re using the proper soil. Don’t skimp here. It’s harder for plants to get their nutrients in small containers, so you want to start with good soil. We recommend Sustainable Plant Food from DEN Sustainable Soils who makes easy to use packets of healthy soil from local sources that help your plants and vegetables grow. 

Sustainable Plant Food, $30

That should be all you need to get started with your urban garden. The more you grow, the more of a pro you’ll become. You may have better luck with some plants than others, so just keep track of that so you can have even more success next time. 

This product is great for cuttings - simply take a cutting from a plant and keep them in the June propagation station until the roots develop. Afterwards, put the cutting in a big jar of water or plant the cutting in soil in a pot. And repeat!

June Propagation Station, $55

As you add a bit of plant life to your apartment, tie it back to the room with a rug inspired by nature and your space will look complete! 

Stra Rug

Stra Indoor/Outdoor Rug, from $180

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Written by Dani Howell.

Contributing Editor, Connor Roe.

Sources: Treehugger.com - The Health Benefits of Houseplants

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