The Green Interior

I have a confession to make.

Lately, I’ve become something of a green-eyed monster.

But luckily for the hubby, I’m not talking about the jealous kind.

I’m talking about the fact that I’ve fallen absolutely head over heels for this new trend of creating indoor gardening spaces.

In the last couple of years, more and more people have been moving into apartments, rather than opting for large and expensive houses with gardens. I completely understand the decision, but I know how desperately important it is for so many people to be connected to the earth, to be able to grow things, to create, to provide.

Unfortunately, apartment life rather stifles this impulse, and creates much unhappiness and ‘cabin-fever’.

So when I discovered this idea of growing veggies, herbs and flowers indoors, using spaces that are otherwise dead zones, I knew it was going to grow like a weed.

These days, every time I work with a client who lives in an apartment, I bring this idea to the table. It’s just a fabulous way to bring interest and happiness into a home.

Now, if you have ample balcony space, a moderate climate, alternating sun and shade, and little interference from bugs and birds, you can grow to your heart’s content in your little outdoor real estate.

But if you don’t have all those luxuries, never fear! You don’t need all those things to become an apartment-dwelling green thumb.

You can simply grow things up the walls!

Don’t worry. I haven’t lost my marbles. It’s really very simple.

All you need to do is select a narrow section of wall in your apartment, that is unlikely to be bumped, and that gets a little bit of sun over the course of the day.

Simply attach a lattice to the wall — I prefer to use wooden ones, as they look just darling, and can be painted or weathered to match the decor should you want to — and hang some terracotta pots from it. Or of course, you can use window sills, bench tops or shelving.

Fill the pots with a layer of stones (to allow for drainage), dirt and a little fertiliser, add your seeds, and you’re away. I recommend getting a small bottle with a dispenser cap to allow you to water your plants without having water go everywhere as well.

Here are some recommendations on which plants do well indoors (and that will grow beautiful edible harvests for you):

Kale, basil, mushrooms, scallions, tomatoes, chives, ginger, mint and rosemary.

Happy planting!