When downsizing your living space there will inevitably be things that you miss. But rest assured – you learn to improvise and create the space you need for the things you love.
Our old home had ample yard and deck space for gardening. I had several EarthBoxes and grew a number of herbs, fruits and vegetables. You can get spoiled really quickly once you realize with a little dirt, water and sunshine, you can easily have the garden of your dreams. My new home is 635 sq ft with no outdoor living space. And more than fresh fruits and veggies (which I can get rather cheaply at local farmers markets), I missed having fresh herbs in my kitchen.
Herbs are much easier to grow than fruits and vegetables and can be used for a variety of your household needs. The three herbs I use the most are mint, basil and rosemary. So I decided to make space so that I can grow them again.
In small spaces, movable household furniture is best. For example, my daughter and I love the c-table, which can easily be moved from room to room. (This one from IKEA continues to withstand the test of time.) On any given day you can find our c-table serving as a tray for a quick snack, mini desk or nightstand in my daughter’s room. I took the same approach to functionality when looking for furniture to grow herbs since counter space is minimal.
Bar carts work well for mobile in-house gardens that will require a bit of sunshine, especially if your kitchen doesn’t get a lot of light. I recently picked up this bar cart from Target and am using wide mouth mason jars to store my herb babies. Unless you’re an avid gardener, skip the whole “grow from seed” process and grab the already grown herb plants from your local farmers market or grocery store. Cover the roots with water and voila! During the day/before you leave for work, roll your mobile garden into the room with the best sunshine.
Any other minimalist/urban gardeners out there? Feel free to share your tips below!