A New Book & My Urban Garden

18 July 2013 0


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!

Are you an urban gardener? Do you have a green thumb? Let me know!

Get the English book HERE and the German version HERE.

Thanks to DVA publishing house for the copy!

Photography by Igor Josifovic


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  • Reply tina @ colourliving 18 July 2013 at 09:39

    Your green jungle is adorable and is looking very happy:-))

    Am I an urban gardener? Err, Nope, but am trying to be.. hence I’ve got herbs galore on my terrace and a little strawberry plant.

    I have been thinking of growing a bit of my own food (tiny) so looking into this.

    The books looks great!!

    • Reply Igor Josifovic 18 July 2013 at 16:54

      Herbs galore? I’d say you are a little urban gardener like myself;-)

  • Reply Julia 18 July 2013 at 10:16

    danke für den buchtipp, auf meiner terrasse wächst in diesem jahr so viel schönes und leckeres wie noch nie zuvor, ich kann mich jeden tag aufs neue in den anblick verlieben 🙂 viele liebe grüße julia

    • Reply Igor Josifovic 18 July 2013 at 16:56

      Ich wünschte, ich hätte auch einen kleinen Balkon!! Happy Sommerabend!

  • Reply rike 18 July 2013 at 15:07

    i love the fact there’s a new kind of a (indoor) plant hype out there … so many beautiful green homes to see. like yours. and so many great planter designer out there … like atelier stella

    • Reply Igor Josifovic 18 July 2013 at 16:57

      Rike, I think it’s the best hype around. And I hope it will stay forever:-)

  • Reply philuko 18 July 2013 at 19:27

    Ich mag die Blumentöpfe mit Gesichtern seeeeehr! Ist das bei dir oder ein Bild aus dem Buch? Falls ersteres, wüsste ich gerne, wo es diese Knaller-Übertöpfe gibt 🙂 Und: schön, dass meine Karten an der Wand hängen :))) Herzliche Grüße! Julia

  • Reply philuko 18 July 2013 at 19:28

    Ah, ich sehe gerade, das ist bei dir. Frage bleibt aber stehen 🙂

  • Reply philuko 19 July 2013 at 07:30

    Vielen Dank, Igor. Ich werde meine Augen offen halten und sobald Nachschub im Shop ist zuschlagen 🙂 Superschöne Sachen!! Liebe Grüße – und das neue Buchprojekt!! Ein TRAUM!!! Gratulation!! Herzlichst, Julai

  • Reply bennie 22 July 2013 at 17:21

    Inspired by your indoor vegetation, I bought some tomatoes from the store the other day that tasted horrible I should just grow my own.

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