There has been a shift the past few years to “get back to nature”, especially in urban settings. In a world full of technology it is important for our health and well being to connect with nature. So how does one incorporate nature into their lives when living in an urban environment? Here are some ways to create your own “urban jungle”.
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1 – Container Gardening:
It is easy to grow beautiful flowers and healthy vegetables in containers. The plus side is you do not need much room to set up a container gardening space. A deck, porch or balcony can work just fine! Doing a little research ahead of time to see what plants can be grown together will lead to success when creating combination pots. A series of pots is very easy to take care of. It makes watering and fertilizing a breeze and for the most part…no weeding is required! Pinterest is a great way to look up color and texture combinations and gardening “recipes” are even available to let you know what plants do well together.
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2 – Houseplants:
You can create a little jungle right in your home! Houseplants are fun, easy and beautiful all year round. There are plants to fit every space and light requirement. Many can be divided over time, or clippings can be taken to establish new plants. Then your jungle can grow! Or you can swap varieties with a friend and share the wealth. You can even grow edibles inside with the help of grow lights. There are many different sizes of indoor grow systems to fit every home and there are many different price points as well.
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3 – Community Gardens:
If you live in an urban environment, but want the experience and room to grow in the soil, a community garden may be a great fit. Most cities have plot space available for rent during the growing months. An upfront fee can buy you a nice raised bed all your own for the season. This is a great way to meet other gardeners and share experiences. If you have a surplus of a certain vegetable you can share or trade with others in the community garden, or donate your crop to a local food bank.