If you are one of the people who love gardening and will do anything just to have a garden of their own but are held by the constraints of their condominium units, let me tell you that you can spare yourself the trouble. Personalizing your temporary living space and making your square foot garden might be a struggle but brainy ideas never come out of stock. As a matter of fact, you could use the space of your condo to your own advantage, that is, if you will be wise and resourceful. Here are the 5 cleverest ways to help you out in putting up a garden in your condo.
1. Container Gardening
You may be familiar with gardening in a container. Like what they say, it never gets old. It is totally budget and environment-friendly since you could re-use any container as long as it could hold your plants. Stretch your creativity and resourcefulness by using your old stuff like tin cans, plastic cups, and shoe boxes. Add color and spice on them by painting and decorating them. Just remember to puncture holes inside the container for drainage purposes and better place a tray underneath it to save you from the constant dripping of water on the floor. You could also put mulch or pebbles under the soil to trap the excess water in case you do not prefer drainage holes. Now, you could display them in any part of your home and they will serve as vibrant natural decoration to your place.
2. Wall Gardening
This indoor gardening is a great way to save space and also a chance to show your creativity. You can try out a do-it-yourself pallet garden where all you have to do is find a pallet, fix loose boards, and lean it on the wall after cascading the plants on it. Another creative way is to use a hanging shoe organizer and place your favorite plants on it. If you have a riddling rack used to hold wines, why not recycle it and put the plants on the holes. Take note that this set-up will work best for plants that need lots of drainage. Lastly, you can also make the most out of your rain gutter and have a neat line of plants on display.
3. Aquatic Gardening
This gardening is not only lovely to look at, but they also make a unique decoration in your apartment. What you will need is a tub or pot large enough to contain buckets of water to float the plants. As a mini-pond, it needs to houseplants and fish to maintain balance. Lotus and water lily will add color and fragrance while fish and snails are good choices for your water garden.
Displaying terrariums indoors brings delight to the eyes and add a natural elegance to the room. Any glass container such as glass bowls, glass jars, and even light bulbs will be a good place to plant your mini-garden. It is important that you situate the larger plant at the center and add moss or pebbles on the soil. Keep the terrarium out of the sunlight and take out the cover if there is too much condensation.
This is also a good way of conserving space if you have a smaller unit. Good thing about it is that you do not need to buy an expensive trellis, you could actually make one using old materials. But if you do not like to do any labor, you could try growing your plants on the wall posts of your veranda or balcony. They form a lovely archway which would surely captivate your visitors’ eyes. There are many lovely vines and food plants you could train to grow vertically such as morning glory, beans, and tomatoes.
With these clever ways of having a garden in your petite living space, you can enjoy the nature’s threshold and have the best staycation just at home.
However small or yard-less your condo unit is doesn’t mean you can no longer practice gardening. Gardening is not only about effort and patience. It also requires planning, creativity, and resourcefulness to be able to make a garden you can take pride in and show off to your friends even though you reside in a limited space. Remember, a garden does not grow overnight. Hard work plus ingenuity will surely pay off in the long run.