THE CUT

Our online botanical publication.

GREEN UP YOUR GAFF

How to Garden with No Garden

15th February 2018

Words by Jessica Peace

SEEING GREEN

Most of us don’t have our own little patch of earth, so time to get creative and shove our plant pals in where we can.

YOUR GREEN GAFF

Each room in your gaff has its own climate; go back to your plant’s roots and put your little green friends in a spot most like their old home.

THE BATHROOM – think Rainforest/ Subtropics

Who grows in a gaff like this?

BEGINNER GARDENER: Spider Plant, Kentia Palm

BRAVER GARDENER: Orchid, Carnivorous Plants



WINDOW SILL [INSIDE] – think Dessert/ Club Med

Who grows in a gaff like this?

BEGINNER GARDENER: Cacti, String of Hearts

BRAVER GARDENER: String of Pearls... try making this space into your mini greenhouse and grow your seeds here.



LET’S GO OUTSIDE

Container gardening – fill your boots! You’ll be surprised what you can
squeeze into a pot.

WINDOW BOX/ WINDOWSILL [OUTSIDE]

BEGINNER GARDENER: Geraniums, Bulbs

BRAVER GARDENER: Dwarf Conifers, Ornamental Cabbage, Courgettes



DOORSTEP

BEGINNER GARDENER: Bay Tree – and you can practice your topiary skills.

BRAVER GARDENER: Got space for a sack? Grow some spuds.

BALCONY

BEGINNER GARDENER: Trailing Nasturtiums

BRAVER GARDENER: Grow some climbers; edible – Peas, Beans etc. Or ornamental – try ‘bee friendly’ flowers, you’ll be surprised how high insects and garden birds will reach.

UP THE WALL

BEGINNER GARDENER: [INSIDE] Devil’s Ivy

BRAVER GARDENER: [OUTSIDE] try vertical gardening or ‘green walls’. If you need to do it on the cheap grab a discarded palate or old book shelves, secure and slot your plants in.



TERRARIUM

You can buy all sorts of Crystal Maze shapes now – or you can DIY with a fish bowl. Keep it open for dessert conditions OR closed for the rainforest.

OPEN

BEGINNER GARDENER: Ivy

BRAVER GARDENER: Succulents

CLOSED

BEGINNER: Moss

BRAVER: Fittonia



UNDERWATER LOVE

AQUAPONICS – like your fishes and your flowers? In a nut shell you’re creating
a habitat where the plants feed from the waste products of the fish and filter
their water as a thank you.

ONLY FOR THE BRAVE

UP IN THE AIR
Air plants – no soil necessary. For the creative – and the lazy!

For the complete ‘House Rules’ on greening up your gaff – and growing your air plant out of a dinosaur, have a flick through Nik’s book.