Living in a condo has its perks and one is creating your own garden—yes, you read it right—even with limited space. The trick is making a vertical garden, which you can do either indoor or outdoor.
Having a plant in your house helps to make it cooler; all you need are the right plants, proper design, and perfect location. Here’s how you can start making your own vertical garden in your condo.
Determine a Location
Deciding where to put your vertical garden determines what type of plants will work. If you’re into succulents and herbs, put it outside as it needs decent amount of light. Meanwhile, ferns and bromeliads can handle shade. You should also consider the aesthetic benefits that your condo will reap from a pocket garden. When you pinpoint areas that might need some color and texture and, that is the perfect location.
Use Beautiful and Functional Containers
Containers are your best friends when it comes to pocket gardening; and with the many choices available in stores and specialty shops these days, you will definitely a pot that will match your aesthetics and at the same time, functional as well. If you have the budget, try pocket planters or garden frames. However, you can also try to upcycle some of the things in your home like galvanized tubs, baskets, bird baths, or old tin cans.
Have a Theme
Since pocket gardens are small, it is easy to think and plant according to a theme. Having a theme will be helpful with narrowing your plant selection.
Think about Maintenance
When choosing a plant, it is important to consider its maintenance needs. Brush up on your plant knowledge and research which ones need watering or otherwise. Also, avoid using fertilizers because after all, there isn’t much soil to absorb it. If there’s no soil at all, you might want to consider air plants.
Now that we’ve discussed these considerations, it is time to build it!
Five Easy Steps
1. Build a frame. Common materials include a plastic sheeting and fiber. If you don’t have a talent for crafts, you can always buy a frame from a gardener’s shop. However, avoid using metal (because of weight) and wood (as it needs to be treated first).
2. Put in the soil. Before hanging the frame, make sure that it already has soil.
3. Choose the plants. Again, consider the sun, shade, humidity, wind, and water requirements.
4. Plant the greens. After choosing the plants, it’s time to insert it to the frame and water.
5. Hang the frame. After planting the greens, hang the frame. Be sure to ask help.
Aside from frames, remember, you can also upcycle other materials and design it the way you like it. Good luck!