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    17 Clever Gardening Tips For City Living

    You don't need an outdoor space to grow plants. Promise.

    1. Turn a pallet upright for shelved planting.

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    If you're lucky enough to have some balcony space, make the most of it by going vertical. Follow this easy DIY to use a wooden pallet as a raised bed.

    2. Layer planters for maximum effect.

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    If you only have a small corner of space, then stack terracotta planters for overflowing flowers. DIY here .

    3. Hang plants using a shoe organiser.

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    Build upwards, not outwards, and repurpose a shoe organiser as a planter. DIY here

    4. Use wine crates as a raised bed.

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    Great for a small balcony. No balcony? Don't worry- if you have a wide windowsill, then you could use mini-wine crates as a windowbox. DIY here .

    5. No outdoor space at all? Take to the ceiling.

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    Ryan Taylor's 'Babylon Lights' planted light fixture is perfect for any room. Grow herbs, or trailing blossoms. Buy it here.

    6. Combine greenery with your existing furniture.

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    Siesta Studio's 'green lamp' is part lamp, part flower pot. Buy it here .

    7. Think small, with succulents.

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    Small jars or glasses filled with soil and succulents can make pretty terrariums. DIY here.

    8. An IKEA lantern can become a planter.

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    It can then be hung wherever you like- outside or inside. DIY here.

    9. Hang living herbs over the sink for easy access.

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    An IKEA bar and hook system means you can have living herbs instead of dried ones. DIY here.

    10. Or you can hang them on a board in mason jars.

    11. Or plant as normal and keep them by the sink.

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    You can buy this planter on Etsy.

    12. Mason jars make pretty planters in general.

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    This one has drainage in the bottom to make the plant more comfortable. Buy it here.

    13. A macramé hanger can hold a pot or a can.

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    Like this one from Etsy.

    14. Also, these metal planters can hang from the ceiling.

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    Buy them on Etsy.

    15. These double ceiling-planters are awesome.

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    Buy them here.

    16. For a more low-maintenance option, go for air plants.

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    Tillandsia take their nutrients from air, not for soil. All you need to do is plant it in something (like a cork for example), and mist it two-three times a week. There's more information here.

    17. Or try a zen garden.

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    Sand, stones and a little rake mean you can tend your garden no matter how small your living space. Buy on Etsy here.

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