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Green ideas for the urban garden

Your apartment does not have a large garden outside? No problem, this does not mean that you have to give up gardening. To grow fresh herbs, vegetables and flowers, a place in the apartment or on the balcony is enough.

To garden in your home or on your balcony, all you need are some basic materials like pots, soil, seeds or seedlings, and a little sunlight. There are many simple instructions and tips online to help you get started. No matter what greenery you choose: One important point is to water and fertilize your plants regularly. If you don't have a balcony, you can also grow your plants on your windowsill.

NIKIN Tip: Another idea is to grow different types of plants in a vertical garden. This can be made of stacked pots or shelves and takes up very little space. It's also a great way to create a living green wall in your home.

Want some more inspiration? We present you some herbs and plants that are easy to care for and that you can grow at home or on your balcony:

  1. Basil: This aromatic herb is not only delicious, but also easy to care for. It grows quickly, needs plenty of sunlight and enough water. You can use it for pasta sauces, salads or pizza.

    Image: basil herb with its delicate oval leaves. 

  2. Parsley: Another herb that grows quickly and requires a lot of sunlight. It can be used for many dishes, from soups to meat dishes.

    Image: Parsley can grow tall and has a variety of serrated leaves.

  3. Mint: Mint grows quickly and can thrive even in shady areas. Mint is also a versatile herb and can be used for teas, cocktails and desserts.

    Image: The mint not only smells good, but also has a characteristic texture. 

  4. Thyme: This herb needs a lot of sunlight and little water. It can be used for various dishes, including barbecues and vegetables.

    Image: thyme has small, narrow leaves that grow close to the branches and have a gray-green color.

  5. Tomatoes: Tomatoes are relatively easy to grow and merely need a lot of sunlight, enough water and a lot of love. There are several varieties, from cherry tomatoes to Roma tomatoes.

    Figure: The cherry tomato - a classic. 

  6. Lettuce: Lettuce doesn't take up much space and can be harvested quickly if conditions are good. There are many varieties, from arugula to spinach, that you can grow at home.

    Image: The lettuce with its large juicy leaves. 

The great thing about urban gardening is that not only do you produce fresh and healthy food, but you also connect with nature and reduce your ecological footprint. Last but not least, working with plants has been proven to have positive effects on our mood and health.

Sound good? Then get gardening!


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