small wonders: 4 examples of micro gardens
As we inhabit smaller and more efficient spaces, so we lose out on having big gardens to cultivate and mould to our liking. But that doesn't mean that gardening is reserved for big, open spaces – people have been introducing greenery into their apartments in cute and inventive ways, all thanks to the concept of micro gardening. Micro gardening is essentially food 'farming' in containers and well-designed, small urban spaces, but most people apply the term to small-scale gardening of a variety of plants, not just food. We scoured Instagram to find incredible examples of mirco gardens for you to pore over.
1. herb gardens
What better way to start a micro garden than with micro greens? If you don't have space to grow all your fruit and veggies, you can at least grow your own herbs. Not only will a herb garden add some life your kitchen or balcony, it saves you from having to fork out cash for fresh herbs each time you visit the shops, and makes cooking a lot more fun and satisfactory.
Bonsai has been an art for centuries and is arguably one the most disciplined and rewarding forms of horticulture one can do. Bonsai lets you imitate nature in miniature form, and a curated collection can create the garden of your dreams. ALSO READ: plant it yourself: how to make your own bonsai
Terrariums are wonderful way to display micro gardens in fun and inventive ways. From test tubes and jars to decorative containers that can be mounted or suspended, the range of these containers is so vast that you will definitely come across a style that suits your home.
Low-maintenance, water-wise and diverse, succulents are a firm favourite, particularly for those whose thumb is not as green as they'd like! ALSO READ: how to pot your own succulents
5. air plants
Another low-maintenance plant, air plants literally suck moisture from the air to survive. A spritz of water is recommended every two weeks, but other than that, you simply leave them to their own devices. There is also a multitude of ways to display them: mount them onto a frame, display them in miniature vases or create a 'living' wall.