You wish you had more space. We know, because as New Yorkers we all wish we had more space. It’s all the more reason to get creative and turn your limited square footage into a beautiful, thriving garden! Some of our favorite greening options for city dwellers include windowsill planters, neighborhood and school gardens, green roofs and guerilla gardening. Check out the options to see which suits you best!
Indoor gardening is a simple place to start. Planting herbs or flowers in planters on a windowsill can be an easy way to spruce up any room that gets enough light. Try brightening up your home with some amaryllis, moth orchids or paperwhites - all excellent for stress-free indoor gardening!
For those more interested in planting outdoors with limited space, container gardening is a great way to get creative and plant flowers or vegetables that need more space for their roots. The material you choose for you container can make all the difference.
Community gardens are great for those of us without our own yards or fire escapes to plant on. They are generally free to join and open to the public. Community gardens are known to:
- * Build communities and improve the quality of life of its members
- * Improve access to quality foods at lower prices in urban areas
- * Beautify neighborhoods
- * Conserve resources and improve air quality
They are also a great way to teach young people about the environment and resource preservation, celebrate the spirit of volunteerism and give people that wouldn’t otherwise have access the opportunity to get their hands dirty. Find one in your neighborhood!
What Can We Do to Help?
- *Throw a planting party in your neighborhood
- *Plant in windows with planters
- *Do a little guerilla gardening in your neighborhood – if you ask store owners, most are delighted by the idea of someone planting in their tree pits
- *Throw seed bombs into unused lots
- *Volunteer to help clean up a local park (to make room for new plants!)
- *Continue your gardening education by visiting the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens and or even taking one of their courses