3 Unique Ideas for your Urban Garden

How does your garden grow? In a jar, as a matter of fact! Gone are the days when a gigantic expanse of lawn was needed to cultivate and create a bevy of beautiful blooms! All you need is some smart choices in plant selection and some savvy styling ideas.

“No space is too small to be planted!” assures Georgina Reid, Founder and Editor of The Plant Hunter. “Plants should be everywhere. In every bedroom, bathroom, balcony and kitchen,” she enthuses.

As Georgina points out, cultivating your own urban jungle can be a big deal or a small hobby, but above all else, it’s best done with your individual green fingerprint all over it.

“I see beauty in all plants, regardless of how the plant itself may work in with a particular design trend,” she says. “I say don’t be bothered by trends and pick something that will grow successfully in your space. The beauty of plants is timeless.”

1. Style your sprig using old fabrics 

Stamping your individual style on pots can be done via unwanted wardrobe items, says Georgina. “It’s free, recycled, and fun,” she notes on her blog. “All you need to do is buy a plant in a plastic pot, follow the instructions below to make the cover, stick it over your plant and bam! Pretty plant, prettier pot!”

Credit: Georgina Reid - theplanthunter.com.au

Credit: Georgina Reid - theplanthunter.com.au

  • Cut some old clothes of any fabric – even denim – into strips around 10cm wide.
  • Tie a piece of thick polyester embroidery thread around one end of the clothing strip and wrap it around the fabric securely.
  • Repeat. Several times! By the end you should have a variety of thick fabric/thread ties that you can then join to make one long rope. (Ensure your length of rope is relative to the size of your pot. The bigger the pot, the longer the rope needs to be.)
  • Start winding, building up the layers as you go so that the entire pot is history, and your new plant is now a fashion statement in itself!
  • Secure tightly and cut loose ends.

Credit: Georgina Reid - theplanthunter.com.au

2. Happy herb homes

Old jars and glass candle containers are super-cute ways to plant herbs, but don’t plant them as seeds in the jar. It’s best to get your herb garden growing outdoors – even on a windowsill or balcony – and then transplant them to their new transparent home indoors!

  • Clean jars thoroughly of any food or wax residue. Also soak off any labels from the exterior.
  • Ideally, you would have drainage in place here with holes in the base of the glass to avoid rotting of the roots, but this can be remedied by placing an inch or two of stones in the base of the jar to allow for drainage.
  • Fill the rest of the jar with your choices of potting mix – organic is best – and a little compost so that there is only a few centimetres of clear space from the top of the soil to the lip of the jar.
  • Be gentle when transplanting the herb and ensure the root ball is only slightly below the level of the potting mix. Press gently to enclose in soil.
  • You may press in some fertiliser if you wish, and water thoroughly.
  • Keep the jars by a window for best growth as they will still benefit from the sun and be sure to spritz them, rather than soak them, to prevent rot.

3. Message in a bottle

Terrariums in a bottle are a really simple and fun way to create a beautiful centerpiece for any table and bring the outdoors in. Don’t be shy here. Create a jungle of succulents on your table to really bring a room alive!

  • Collect some interesting small vases and decanters of all shapes and sizes. Garage sales are ripe for the picking here!
  • Ensure all are clean and place a few centimeters of cactus soil in the base of each.
  • With your choice of succulents – which you an easily navigate at any good nursery – divide them into clusters. One, thin necked decanter may house only one plant, but a wider-based more squat vase makes a perfect foundation for a few varieties popped in together.
  • Using kitchen tongs and a light hand, place the succulents gently into each bottle. You can use the base of a pencil to press the plants firmly into the soil and secure them.
  • This little creation takes minimal time to create and even less time to cultivate as succulents need little light and water, so simply spritz every few weeks.

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