Container gardens in groupings or as individual specimens can dress up balconies and are nice accents in existing gardens. Apartment dwellers and those who find their teeth grinding while trying to get a shovel through a few millimeters of so called soil may find potted plants to be their only choice if they want to garden at all.
According to the EPA a “growing body of scientific evidence has indicated that the air within homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than the outdoor air in even the largest and most industrialized cities.” Since other research indicates that people spend approximately 90% of their time indoors, the quality of air in your home and office affects your health. The plants in How to grow fresh air remove chemical vapors commonly found in home and office environments improving air quality.
Wolverton ranks plants based on their removal of different chemical vapors, ease of maintenance, resistance to insect infestation, and transpiration rate. Each plant gets a two-page spread; one page discusses the plant's ideal environment, sunlight conditions, care, and general information about the plant along with a full photo of it. The next page has a zoomed-in full-page photo of the leaves and/or flowers so the reader gets a feel for what the plant looks like.
Grow in the Dark puts the spotlight on 50 of the best houseplants you can grow in your dim or dark apartment.
Having a south-facing window doesn't always guarantee you the best light to grow plants--especially if your window faces an alley or a tree-lined street. What's the point of growing an urban jungle if tall buildings are blocking all your sunshine? This compact guide, designed to look as good on your shelf as it is useful, will help you learn how to make the most of your light so you can reap the physical and emotional benefits of living with plants. Detailed profiles include tips on watering your plants just right, properly potting them, and troubleshooting pests and diseases. You'll also learn which plants are safe to keep around your pets.
Whether you live in a shady top-floor apartment or a dungeon-y garden level, this book will help you grow your plant collection to its healthiest for its Instagram debut.
This book aims to cover the most commonly asked questions by new plant owners and will help people who want to have more greenery in their lives but don't know where to start. It will advise on the best plant for a variety of home conditions so that everyone should be able to find plants that suit their space. Having and maintaining an indoor garden can be possible for anyone, the book will give you step-by-step guides to creating and designing your own terrariums, cacti & succulent gardens and even kokedamas (Japanese for Moss Ball). It includes descriptions of the equipment needed, and how to find this inexpensively so that the hobby is accessible to everyone.
The book goes into detail about what may be causing damage to a plant, and how to look after plants so that they last. It also focuses on how plants can improve physical and mental health, to encourage readers to fill their homes with greenery for practical and aesthetic reasons.The innate human need to be around nature is called Biophilia, and this book will tap into that need without over complicating things, with the focus on low maintenance, good-looking greenery.
The Indestructible Houseplant, by garden writer Tovah Martin, eliminates the guesswork by highlighting indoor plants that are tough, beautiful, reliable, and readily available. Like hoya, a low-maintenance plant whose spectacular spring and summer blossoms actually thrive on neglect. Or Ficus elastica (also known as rubber tree), whose pink and gray leaves will brighten even the most challenging windowless environment. And castiron plant, an old favorite that remains beautiful in a shady corner, even after weeks without water.
In addition to plant profiles with concise information on water, light, and blooming times, this gorgeous book includes tips on care, maintenance, and ideas for combining houseplants in eye-catching indoor displays.
No yard? No problem. With more than 80 percent of the American population living in urban areas, Urban Pantry author Amy Pennington details how to start your own garden in the heart of the city.
Whether you're a veteran gardener or a novice getting your hands dirty for the first time, this book provides hands-on advice to start using urban space in a sustainable, efficient, and inexpensive manner.
Learn how to creatively grow squash on windowsills, flowers in planter boxes, and cucumbers on trellises: every inch of your home offers an opportunity for something planted, pickled, or preserved. Be a part of the rapidly growing do-it-yourself movement! Pennington's friendly voice paired with Kate Bingham-Burt's illustrations make greener living an accessible reality.
Going (and Saving!) Green
You can save money, time and the environment by making a few careful choices. These web sites can help.
Don't forget to take the Earth-Kind challenge and find out just how kind your gardening practices are to the planet.
Planning the Home Landscape is one of the most widely accessed educational resources. The Earth Kind Edition of this site highlights additional information that can contribute to a healthy and sustainable environment.