Even the tiniest deck or windowsill can be your own private refuge of greenery (Google / The Vancouver Sun)

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Marketing Feature: Green thumbs can flourish in small spaces




Are you neglecting your hidden green thumb? For many city dwellers lacking a backyard, it’s easy to throw your hands up and leave the gardening to homeowners. But don’t be so hasty.


Even the tiniest deck or windowsill can be your own private refuge of greenery. With only a few basic items you can grow food, shrubs or flowers indoors or on balconies and you can do it using native plants and sustainable materials.


“The most important thing is to be creative,” says Aaron Harpell, operations manager at Evergreen Garden Market. “With proper care, most plants that grow in a garden will also do well in containers. The key is to tailor it for your own unique location.”


The garden store that Mr. Harpell manages, which recently opened in the heart of Toronto’s Don Valley at Evergreen Brick Works, highlights sustainable gardening practices first and foremost.


“But we also focus on giving Torontonians from all kinds of urban dwellings a chance to get gardening,” Mr. Harpell explains. “It all adds up to create a greener, more livable city.”


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Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.