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By Samantha Nicole Alarilla

Nowadays, most of us live in concrete jungles where even the smallest hints of green are rare and hard to find. The thought of ever growing a garden in such an urban setting seems impossible. Lucky for us, it’s actually not. As our homes evolved into something much more modern and minimalistic, so did gardening. Now, there are plenty of trendy and small space alternatives that’ll allow even us city folk to grow our own flora.

Here are a few ideas you might like to try:

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Hang them up.

Don’t have the wall space or the terrace? No problem. Hang herb and vegetable baskets from the ceiling or a frame using hooks, mounts, and strong ropes or chains. Just make sure the structure you’re hanging your containers onto can withstand the weight. Hang several baskets or pots from varied heights for a more trendy and modern look.

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Think vertically.

Vertical gardening is making use of vertical space to grow a multitude of things – vegetables, herbs, flowers, or even root crops. You can get as creative or as minimalist as you want – from simply mounting your containers to a wall space or repurposing wooden beams, pipes, or what-have-you. All you need to keep in mind is to choose a space in your home that gets enough sunlight and is capable of withstanding a lot of moisture. Additionally, make sure that your structure is strong enough to handle the weight of your containers and is not built too high. Once you’ve gotten your vertical garden set up and are starting to grow your own plants, you’ll find that vertical gardening is one of the most forgiving and flexible gardening systems for apartment dwellers and urban folk.

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Get creative with containers.

If you’re one of the lucky ones that are blessed with small outdoor spaces like terraces or patios, you might want to consider container gardening. The idea is to grow plants in containers that don’t need to be limited to just pots! As long as your plants are allowed proper aeration and the container holds soil and water well while still equipped with adequate drainage, then you can use virtually anything. Some urban gardeners have taken to using buckets of various sizes, metal drums, window boxes, baskets, and even old paint cans! Whatever suits your fancy – whether it’s the traditional pot or something different — container gardening is sure to make urban gardening a breeze.

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Make a moving garden.

Watch your plants dance – literally! To make transporting your plants around easier – especially when the weather wherever they are situated no longer caters to their needs – add casters to the bottom of your containers. They’re available at your local hardware store and are easy to install.

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Looking for something a little more low-maintenance?

A mini vegetable or herb garden might be a little daunting for the first time urban gardener, but fret not, for there are plant alternatives that are a lot easier to take care of and still get your green thumb fix. Succulents are great for this very exact thing – there’s plenty of different species for you to choose from, they’re aesthetically pleasing, and most importantly, they don’t take up much space and don’t require a lot of work. All they need is plenty of sun and light watering every ten days, and they’ll bloom all year round.

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