Over the past few months I have become fond of greenies in my home. Actually, I’ve started growing my own little urban garden. Now given the fact that I dwell in a tiny rooftop apartment without balcony, you can imagine that it is not very easy to grow a little jungle. But if it were easy, it would be boring, right? I’ve carefully selected my plants to fit their new habitat and my lifestyle. This means I’ve picked green plants that can handle lots of heat (rooftop apartments can get really hot during summer) and which won’t miss me too much if I am on one of my numerous trips. Hence, I have lots of succulents, an adorable cactus and robust greenies (even a monstera plant that I rescued from the office garbage – hello good karma!).
I haven’t thought consciously of my new ‘green thumb’ – I grew up in a typical Serbian home with lots and lots of green plants. My mother really had a jungle at home! Thus I thought it’s a natural thing to continue it, especially now that greenies in homes are really trending. But when I received the book ‘The Balcony Gardener. Creative Ideas for Small Space’ by Isabelle Palmer a few weeks ago (I got the German version), I realized I have turned into a little urban gardener. Even though I have no balcony, this book offers a plethora of wonderful ideas to create a green oasis in the even smallest of homes. Whether you like to grow flowers, veggies or herbs – this book is such a great guide to help you along the way.
I really like that the book is well structured and starts with basics such as tools, plant pots, soil types, colour arrangements, plant care, positioning as well as decorative elements. Then it guides you through thematic chapters such as urban oasis, creative recycling, green diary and more. My little favorite: a herb garden in a wine box! Oh my, I might try this actually!