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You don’t need to live in the country to enjoy the pleasures of a back yard. Plants can grow on roof terraces, and balconies and you can easily harvest tomatoes and strawberries from some pots on your window ledge.
Growing at Home
If you don’t have access to any suitable growing space, then you don’t have to despair. If you’re looking for inspiration about the vegetables and flowers you can grow, then visit agrarianorganics.com and get some ideas about the types of plants that you can nurture on a small scale. Alternatively, especially if you are thinking of cultivating herbs, work out which herbs you use most frequently, and you’ll soon discover that you won’t need acres of land to get started. The Brick Underground blog has some great ideas about growing plants actually inside your apartment.
New Pots, New Ideas
Plant container manufacturers have finally realized that most people live in cities, as a result of this you should be able to source pots and containers that will be suitable for growing on your balcony or even inside your apartment. Basil, chives and even strawberries and tomatoes can all be grown from a small container on your window ledge. Most of these pots will come with seeds and full instructions for plant growth. If access to light is a problem, then why not invest in a specialist pot that will give your tomatoes constant artificial light, and provide sufficient nutrients for your plant to flourish. The only problem with this growing system is that these containers are quite large, and quite expensive.
The City Rooftop Makes a Perfect Garden
If you live in an apartment block, investigate the roof space. You’ll probably discover that your co-tenants have already started a roof garden. These gardens have evolved into an oasis of tranquility amid the hustle and bustle of the busy city below. Some of these intrepid gardeners even keep bees in a bid to fertilize their plants; New York’s Intercontinental Barclay Hotel produces honey from its roof top beehives.
An article in The National Geographic highlights the benefits of rooftop gardens for gardeners, or those that just like to enjoy lush greenery in the middle of the city.
Feeling Proud of Your Own Patch of Green
From schools to community gardens, an increasing number of people are growing herbs, vegetables and flowers. If you’ve never grown anything before, then start off with something that is difficult to kill. A small cactus on your windowsill would be an excellent beginning. In Boston, sharing yards is becoming increasingly more popular. You’ll be able to benefit from the advice of your co-gardeners and share ideas and tools. The Boston Globe has some great ideas about the different types of growing opportunities that exist throughout the region.
You Can Make a Garden Anywhere
If you only have a tiny patch of green, you can always try growing your plants and flowers vertically. Try placing a wooden pallet on its side and creating vertical beds in the slats. This is perfect for small plants, including lobelia or nasturtiums. You really can create a garden from nothing, all you need is some soil, some seeds and plenty of imagination.