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 for rent to your own advantage, that is, if you will be wise and resourceful. Give yourself a slice of much-needed greenery to spruce up your condo space. Here are the seven clever 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 houseplants and fish to maintain balance. Lotus and water lilies will add color and fragrance while fish and snails are good choices for your water garden. It might seem a little bit complicated to set up but it is actually very easy. However, if you are not really into plants, then you could go for a more animal-friendly garden.
Displaying terrariums indoors brings delight to the eyes and adds a natural elegance to the room. They are self-sustained, which only means that you will not have to water them frequently. Aside from that, they are also very easy to make. Any glass container such as glass bowls, glass jars, and even light bulbs will be a good place to plant your mini-garden.
Terrariums are a great way to bring nature indoors. It is important that you situate the larger plant at the center and add moss or pebbles to the soil. Keep the terrarium out of the sunlight and take out the cover if there is too much condensation. If you want to, you can also put in a figurine or any other decorative item to personalize your terrarium. You can make a terrarium as simple or as elaborate as you want. The most important thing is that you enjoy the process and the end result.
This is also a good way of conserving space if you have a smaller unit. The good thing about it is that you do not need to buy an expensive trellis, you could actually make one using old materials. Sounds tedious but it could actually be fun. You will need an L-shaped metal or wooden rod that is as tall as the ceiling and some wires to tie the plants. Once you have that, start training the plants to climb up the trellis by wrapping the wires around them. This will take some time but it will be all worth it in the end.
As the plants grow, they form a lovely archway that 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.
6. Countertop Garden
If you do not have enough space for a full-blown garden, you could go for this one instead. This will not only add beauty to your kitchen counter but will also make sure that you will have a fresh supply of herbs anytime you need them. All you need is a windowsill planter, some organic potting soil, and your choice of herb seeds.
Once you have that, start planting the seeds according to the instructions on the packet. Once they have germinated, transfer them to the windowsill planter. Water them regularly and make sure to place the planter in a sunny spot. In no time, you will have a lovely herb garden right in your kitchen. Growing your own herbs not only provides you with a steady supply of fresh and organic herbs, but it is also very therapeutic.
7. Hanging Garden
This type of garden is perfect if you have limited space. You could grow a variety of plants in hanging baskets. This will give your condo unit a more refreshing look. All you need are some hanging baskets, potting soil, and your choice of plants. Once you plant your seeds and they have germinated, transfer them to the hanging baskets. Remember to take extra care by watering them regularly and placing them in a sunny spot for them to grow properly.
There's something about hanging gardens that make them so charming. Maybe it's because they add a touch of greenery to any space, no matter how small. Or maybe it's because they make the most of vertical space, which is often neglected in gardening. Whatever the reason, hanging gardens are a great way to grow plants in small spaces.
Enjoying nature’s threshold
With these clever ways of having a garden in your petite living space, you can enjoy the greenery of having indoor plants and the perks garden without the need for a big backyard. These will not only give your condo unit a fresh and lovely look but will also provide you with a lovely accent to your condo unit. These are also good conversation starters when you have guests over. It's always refreshing to be surrounded by plants and nature, so go ahead and add some much-needed greenery to your space!
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.
- Don't be afraid to get your hands dirty. Gardening is a great way to get some exercise and fresh air, even if you don't have a lot of space. Your little indoor condo garden can become a lovely oasis with a bit of effort and creativity.
- Do your research before anything else. This is important so you would know which plants are suitable for your climate and space. You would also know the needs of each plant in order to take care of them properly.
- Start small. If you are a beginner, it is best to start with just a few plants. Once you get the hang of things, you can add more plants to your collection. So be patient. Gardening is not a race. Take your time and enjoy the process. After all, the fruits of your labor will be worth it in the end.
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