Swim suits and barbecues won’t be the only things you’ll be taking home from Macy’s this Spring because with the sun shining right across the Big Apple once again, you can bring home inspiration from Macy’s Flower Show for leafy living ideas no matter the size of your apartment.
Here’s our plant of attack for wannabe green thumbs in smaller NYC spaces.
It’s what’s on the inside that counts
No balcony? No problems! If exposure to light is the necessary first base to growing plants indoors, then an east or south facing window is your home run to success. Even without this, consider installing a skylight or grow light over your plants. The 3-Tier SunLite Garden from Gardener’s Supply Company is one of our favorites. It looks great and gets the job done!
What you shoe’d doe
Whether you have a full balcony or just a fire escape, make the most of your vertical space. Repurpose an old shoe organizer by hanging it off curtain poles and filling it with compost, seeds and plants. Test the drainage of each ‘shoe’ pocket and poke additional holes if needed. You can hang your gorgeously green feature on empty wall space or off a windowsill. This setup is great for herbs, sorrel, peas, and mini tomatoes.
Row’ed to success
Vertical real estate is proving to be a trend when maximizing planting potential. Assemble rows of rain gutters against any outdoor wall to create a streamlined and neat arrangement. We suggest radish, Swiss chard beets and turnips for these shallow foundations. Avoid plans with deep roots.
Back to basics
Our final solution won’t leave you feeling boxed in, regardless of your apartment style. Whether you have a naturally deep windowsill or secure an enclosed shelf, options are aplenty as long as you keep a few things in mind. Shallow boxes are great for salad leaves will deeper boxes are needed for carrots and beans. Use compost specifically designed for containers as they hold water better and have extra nutrients. Layer the base polystyrene packaging to help with drainage (and minimize weight!) and use liquid nutrient feeds fortnightly to make sure they’re not missing out on the goodness the traditional garden gang receive.
To avoid foliage failure, we recommend asking yourselves these questions beforehand:
- What spaces do I have available to start my garden?
- How much sunlight does that space get?
- What boxing or potting materials can I use to match my aesthetic?
- Which produce or herbs will I use most in the kitchen?
- What season is it?