Courtesy of Venus Zine
Sadly, its a fact of urban life that city-dwellers can go days or even weeks without real contact with nature. If life in a concrete forest has you craving chlorophyll, but your tiny walkup apartment has only a postage stamp-sized balcony or back stoop to green, try planting a container garden in that old, unwanted piece of furniture you havent yet been able to unload on Craigslist. We promise it will look a whole lot prettier with leafy greenery spilling out of it.
� an old dresser, trunk, or drawer (depending on your space situation)
� latex house paint (optional)
� heavy-duty plastic trash bags
� staple gun or hot-glue gun
� container soil
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2. If your planter is made of wood, you will need to line it to prevent wood rot from watering your plants. Use a staple gun or hot-glue gun to attach the plastic trash bags to the inside of your planter, paying special attention to the top edge.
3. Drainage is really important to the health of a garden, so use a drill to make some drainage holes about the size of dimes through the liner and the bottom of the planter.
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5. Fill your planter with container soil up to the point where the liner ends. A note about soil: Choose your container soil based on the plants you’re growing. For most green plants, simple potting soil will work just fine; cacti and other desert-dwelling succulents, however, require a sandier soil. Check the bag to see what you’re getting.
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Decorate the top of the garden with stones or a cute little garden gnome.