25 Sep Living Small: Plants, plants & more plants!
Living Small: Plants, plants & more plants.
What better way to brighten up an interior space than by filling it with carefully selected plants and trees? If you are buying (or already own) a unit in a high-rise apartment block, or in a townhouse unit complex, you will find that there may be little to no yard/balcony space to accommodate a garden – and if you are an avid gardener, you may begin to miss the opportunity to get your hands dirty… so we have come up with some ideas and suggestions/comments to ensure that you are surrounded by greenery, but at the same time ensuring that you won’t suffer from issues such as water damage from overflowing pots etc.
1. Vertical Greenery
If you have no backyard or balcony to have a conventional garden – what about a vertical garden? It could even be a herb garden that can be homemade. Put in the right location, you could be enjoying herbs (or plants) year round.
2. Hanging Plants
Using household items, such as clothes racks, plant hangers or even curtain rods is a great space saving idea while being able to hang multiple plants. Try to use self-watering pots in an effort to ensure there is no water overflow which could damage flooring and possibly seep through to the unit below you (if there is one)
3. Indoor Planter Boxes
Often, when you think of planter boxes, you think of big bulky concrete garden beds that often have multiple problems with water leakage. But, there are many small scale planter box ideas that could be incorporated into your unit on window sills, along walls / walkways etc and as long as the internal waterproofing is maintained, should not leak or cause any water issues for you.
4. Shelves, Shelves and More Shelves….
Whether it be installing wall shelves for the sole purpose of displaying potted plants or utilising spare space on your bookshelf – this is an ingenious way to not only add more storage to your unit but to add greenery to your living areas.
Further Handy Tips
There are many options available to have in your indoor jungle, but living in a unit complex, you will need to ensure that you are not overwatering your plants which in turn can cause water damage to flooring, walls. Here are some ideas to reduce the possibility of this occurring:
a. Install drip trays and ensure that you are not overwatering your plants. In the event that you do overwater, the drip tray will catch the overflow – but keep an eye on this, you wouldn’t want the drip tray to overflow also.
b. Double Potting. Fill a slightly larger pot that doesn’t have predrilled holes with a layer of pebbles and then place your plant pot in on top of the pebbles. The outer pot will catch the water and as your plant pot is sitting on pebbles, the moisture doesn’t reabsorb into the plant soil
c. Sink Watering. For any indoor plants that are hanging, don’t have the benefit of drip trays and/or require a lot of water, placing these in the sink while you water them, will allow for excess water to drain away, rather than pool on the floor or furniture.
d. Choose hardy indoor plants that don’t require excess water. Plants such as Succulents, ZZ plant, Pothos, Ponytail Palms, Snake Plants, Air Plants are just a few that can survive with very little water. Not having to excessively water can reduce any risk of overflow and subsequent water damage.