If there is one thing that is not great about living in the city, in an apartment, then it is the fact that you don’t have much of an opportunity to be close to nature. Of course, you can go on holiday to a naturally beautiful place once or twice every year, but other than that, most of us do not have much of an opportunity to connect with nature.
Fortunately, there are ways in which you can bring in bits and pieces of mother nature into your home. Regardless of whether you are looking to plant a garden for purely aesthetic purposes or if you want to reap some “edible” benefits as well, there are at least 3 options you could consider. Here they are:
Put shortly, terrariums are living “botanical gardens” that find their home in small glass-made objects. These miniature gardens make for lovely choices when it comes to decorating a home and, considering the fact that they are small ecosystems functioning on their own (no insects included!), they can be quite spectacular when they are well taken care of. While there are open terrariums as well as closed terrariums, the latter ones are usually more interesting because once you wet them, the sunlight in the glass container will make the water evaporate and, when the night comes, the droplets will fall back unto the plants, making them flourish the same way as a natural garden would. As for the open terrariums, these ones are for dry plants (such as the succulent ones, cactuses and so on), since these plants need dry air and containing them in closed vessels would create too much humidity for the plants to survive. Plants from fresh flowers are a great, affordable way to bring plants inside.
Container Vegetable Gardens
If you want to plant food, then this is probably the best option for you. These vegetable gardens are also suitable for life in an apartment and you can grow tomatoes, herbs, lettuce and a wide range of veggies in a wide range of types of containers. Anything from classic ceramic pots to old shoe boxes will work, but you have to make sure that the containers in which you start planting your goodies have drainage holes in their bottom because they will need to evacuate all the extra water inside. In addition to vegetables and herbs, there are some fruits that can grow pretty well in containers as well (for example, certain types of strawberries do very well even with the apartment life).
Alright, this is probably the most common option out there, but you should not exclude it. If terrariums don’t appeal to you and if you don’t want to eat the products of your garden, then simple flower pots can go a long way. There are so many types of flowers you can plant in pots that you can really get a rainbow of colour and beauty in your own apartment! With a bit of creativity, you can create a very beautiful arrangement and you will feel as satisfied by it as any flower gardener in the suburbs would.