Whether you are juicing, slow roasting or steaming using fresh produce is always optimal. And it doesn’t get much fresher than veggies and herbs from your own garden!

However, just because you live in an apartment or are short on garden space doesn’t mean you have to miss out. A little planning and some ingenuity is all you need to have homegrown produce at your fingertips!

Be creative. Go vertical. Hang it. Pot it. Make it beautiful. It really is that simple. Purchase your plants from your local nursery. The staff will be able to guide you about what will grow best in your climate and desired position in your garden. Consider the sunlight, the pot size, the soil and, most importantly, the level of effort you are willing to give your new garden. Some fruit, veggies and herbs need more attention than others!

My favorite shops to visit for garden inspiration are Garden LifeRobert Plumb and Urban Balcony. You can also find some amazing unique garden purchases on Etsy too.

Starting an urban edible garden will always require a bit of effort and planning in the beginning. However, it’s worth remembering that homegrown produce and herbs will always be fresher, more nutritious, convenient and cheaper than anything you could purchase from a supermarket. Not to mention the fact it that it will be a beautiful, calming addition to your home.

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About The Author

Mia Lake
Interiors Expert

Mia Lake is the Interior Design Director at Vic Lake Architect (VLA). VLA is a family business specialising in high end residential homes and boutique multi residential developments. The collaboration between sophisticated architecture and considered interiors, VLA approaches their projects holistically and cohesively. Mia’s design journey began at Sydney’s The Whitehouse Institute of Design. She was awarded a yearlong scholarship to further her studies internationally at Accademia Italiana. That year in Florence, Italy was a major influence on her career and design style. Prior to VLA, Mia’s has been fortunate to work at two leading Sydney interior design practices, Arent&Pyke and Briony Fitzgerald Design, specialising in high end residential interior design and custom made furnture. A strong construction knowledge, understanding and love of craftsmanship, and sensitivity to the client’s practical needs are the key ingredients to a Mia’s successful design. Mia loves using luxurious natural materials, colour and layering textures. She believes injecting personality into spaces and surrounding yourself with objects that tell stories of your live, makes you happy and inspires. A well designed space can truly improve the way you live.