Green living options for the time-poor

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Finbar Chief Operations Officer Ronald Chan.
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For many apartment dwellers, not having a garden is part and parcel of the apartment lifestyle dream – no weeds to pull, no lawn to mow, no gardener to hire. Life without a suburban backyard is a time-saver, as much as it is a money-saver.

However, for those of us who feel life without a garden isn’t quite the same, don’t despair – apartment living holds plenty of options for you to keep your green thumb green and even enjoy a swimming pool all year-round.

1. Secure a ground-floor apartment

An obvious course of action is to secure a ground-floor apartment to indulge your green thumb. These units often boast a small backyard in place of a balcony. However, ground-floor apartments tend to be highly sought-after, meaning not everyone can have the good fortune of securing one and they can come with a higher price tag.

2. Introduce a balcony garden

If your apartment includes a balcony, a pot plant garden can prove to be as aesthetically pleasing as it is practical. This option is very popular in a practical sense for those apartment dwellers looking to introduce an element of privacy on glass balconies, in particular. Whether you are looking to enjoy your regular gardening exercise, introducing natural beauty, growing fruit or herbs, or blocking the sight of your neighbours, there’s not a single plant that can’t be grown in a pot. And if you should have the good fortune of having a covered balcony, there’s always room for hanging pots and baskets also.

3. Bring the plants indoors.

Luckily for those apartments without balconies, indoor plants have never been so in vogue. After all, what room doesn’t look better with a plant or two in it? Helpfully, the internet has countless sites dedicated to educating apartment dwellers on which plants are best suited to apartment living. This will also depend on the layout of your apartment – sun-drenched units are easier to cater for, whereas if you have less natural light it is important to choose plants suited to low-level sun exposure. Particularly popular among indoor plants are those which purify the air in your home, serving to both beautify and cleanse the rooms in which they’re placed.

4. Fake it till you make it

If you’re not a green thumb and live in fear of killing off any more plant purchases but still value a spot of greenery, then this is the option for you. In recent years the market for artificial plants has grown exponentially, with incredibly real-looking plants of all shapes and sizes for every budget. It’s likely you’ll find your exact plant of choice, and what better than the kind that don’t require watering, sunlight or fertiliser, and won’t brown or attract any pesky bugs?

An apartment garden is the perfect solution for time-poor individuals who would still like a touch of green in their life, and an ideal alternative for those lacking the interest or green thumb to maintain a garden in an increasingly harsh environment.

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