Gardening for Small Spaces

A small space makes for a cozy garden.

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If you live in an apartment, and especially in an apartment in a big city like New York, there just isn’t always space for gardening. But that doesn’t mean you can’t do any gardening or growing! There are plenty of ways that you can use limited space for maximum green. You may have to get creative with your use of space, but anything is possible—and probably useful. Here are some tips to help you start your indoor or balcony garden.

  1. Grow up! Use shoe organizers, boxes, and hanging bathroom shelves to create a vertical display. Hang living herbs above the sink to get maximum effect with minimal space waste.
  2. Use things like wooden pallets or wine boxes to create small, efficient planters that you can store both inside and out.
  3. Hang from the ceiling! Use planters, tins, or even simple, glass mason jars. Cute, practical, and out of your way.
  4. Use small plants in little jars all over. They’ll provide hints of green without bulk, and a tiny cactus adds a touch of whimsy to any room.
  5. Line your doorstep or windowsills with plants. They’ll be nicely decorative without eating up too much space, and plants along the front steps or patio will create an inviting atmosphere.
  6. Stack potted plants on top of each other in descending sizes. This “planterfall” will use limited space but hold several plants.
  7. Use light! Lanterns or string lights can make your small garden look bigger and cozier.

There are plenty of things you can do to create a garden in a small space, indoor or out, even if you have to get really creative about use and placement. Having greenery in small spaces can make them feel bigger and more welcoming. Don’t be afraid to think outside the planter box.

About Alex Holt

I am a local artist from Brooklyn, NY. I love art, design, books, photography, gardening and blogging.
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2 Responses to Gardening for Small Spaces

  1. James Gielow says:

    I do kinda miss my little apartment balcony. I just got a large lot/house three years ago and now I have so much work around me I get overwhelmed. When I had my little porch, life was so much simpler.

  2. Pingback: Move It to the Roof! | Urban Gardens NYC

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