Happy New Year People!!!! Lagos. There is this “problem” in Lagos that is synonymous with most mega cities, High rise buildings, apartments and the whole concrete jungle syndrome, now imagine a young couple, working in corporate Lagos, living the dream in those chic apartments, no gardening space, this is where container gardening comes in.
While I was doing my research in apartment gardening I came across an abysmal amount (read none) of information/ articles on this topic which while I wasn’t surprised considering its Nigeria and we have little to none of Landscape information specific to Nigeria on the interwebs, made me all the more determined to get this guide out.
Depending on the scope you as a young savvy couple want, I want to give a break down of what you’ll need to achieve the greening of your apartment in Lagos.
First I’ll start with pots:
You can get pots from your local road side horticulturists, depending on the space you want to use for gardening, if you have space in your kitchen, the small sized pots will do say about 5cm diameter or even smaller, or if you have a balcony, open space leading to your front door/ leading out from your back door larger 17-30cm diameter pots would do.
A typical 17cm diameter pot, this will be good for balconies.
If you are on a budget, using old containers/ discarded buckets/ empty water or coke bottles is perfect for the job. For the bottles, here’s what to do: Get a scissors and blade and of course your empty bottles.
An empty bottle
– Using the blade, slice a small section at the centre of the bottle.
– Use the scissors to completely cut open the bottle.
– Then still using the scissors, punch holes at the bottom of the bottle for drainage purposes
DIY container for plants
If you are getting the pots from a local horticulturist, you can just ask them to fill the pot with soil for planting, you may also have to do that if you are using old containers, especially if you are living in a concrete jungle and there is no earth to dig from. P.S. If your pots will be in the kitchen make sure to have a flat plate to catch the water when it drains to avoid a messy kitchen.
I’ll split this into edible plants and ornamental plants: For edible plants, seeds that are great to plant. I’m not sure how easily accessible these seeds are but I have it on good authority there are some seeds at the Shoprite in Lekki. You can also save seeds from any fruits you buy at the market. Some plants that you can have in your kitchen space: Basil(Efinrin), Pepper, Cilantro, water-leaf, peppermint, some vegetables, lettuce.
For ornamental plants which will be great on your balcony, are available as usual from your roadside horticulturist, some good ones are hydrangeas ( they could grow wild in the earth but put inside a pot and they should be well contained and still blossom well), lilies, Duranta sapphires. You can also always ask your horticulturist for recommendations.
This pretty plant that I do not know its name.
– Make sure your plants receive sunlight, so situate your container near a window or in the direction of the sun.
– Water your plants at least once a day.
– Make sure to trim plants when they start growing too big for the container. This is really the only downside to container gardening, some plants will not grow to their full potential because of the constraints of the pot.
Inspiration: Source unknown.
So I will come back later with another post on “Greening” your apartment, meanwhile let me know if this post helped at all and you decided to utilize your green thumb or if you’ll need me to tweak the post a bit.
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Love and everything lush.