Space-Saving Gardens: The Yard-in-the-Box

  • 3rd September 2014

When you live in the centre of a busy town or city, you are generally grateful for any real estate you can get your hands on, no matter its shape or size. Unfortunately, such highly coveted real estate is often lacking in any form of outdoor space whatsoever. This is the price people pay for city living. However, such a situation doesn't mean you have to give up all hope of having your own patch of green at home. You just have to think a little bit out of the box. 

Of course, there are all sorts of unconventional ways you can utilise the spare space and surfaces in your home, such as installing floating shelves full of flowerpots and trailing plants or kitchen window herb gardens. Sometimes though, it may be that you just don't have enough floor, wall or window space to sacrifice in the name of an indoor garden. This is when you need to think in the box instead, with the creation of a Yard-in-the-Box.

What is a Yard-in-the-Box? Well, it is pretty much what it says on the tin. If you don't have somewhere to dedicate to a garden, you find an otherwise underutilised space and you put the garden in that instead. This is incredibly convenient because it gives you somewhere to store the garden when you need some "indoor time", but it means the garden is always within easy access, at hand whenever you want it. A Yard-in-the-Box is also a great excuse to be creative, without having to worry how much your choice of garden will transform the look and feel of your general interior decoration.

There are two ways of going about a Yard-in-the-Box, depending on whether or not you want a garden you can actually enjoy sitting "in" or whether you simply want a pretty green patch to look at. If you want the latter then you simply need to find a storage box, bench or crate to line with artificial grass. You can add things like faux flowers and various garden-inspired decorations (a toadstool, pebbles, a rabbit cuddly toy, etc.), or if you are feeling especially adventurous, you can design yourself a little miniature garden with Lego or doll house furniture. Of course, this is very much a "look but don't touch" option that relies on imagination rather than substitution.

If you want a full on surrogate garden though, you can use a storage box or bench as somewhere to keep a patch of artificial grass, a handful of artificial plants and a classic red and white gingham picnic blanket. That way, whenever you fancy sitting in the garden, all you need to do is grab your garden out of the box and take it to your chosen spot in the house (be it the bed, the dining table or the hallway floor) and chill out - whatever the weather! Once you're done, you simply pack your garden away and keep it hidden tidily in its very own storage box. Easy!

You see, even if you don't have a sprawling garden - or any garden - to resurface and keep tidy, you can still make the most of artificial grass and the year-round garden it provides.  

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