Inspiration can come from seeing the extent of what may be possible.
Meet Summer Rayne Oakes, a Brooklyn resident who has turned her apartment into a living, breathing plant-scape, with over 500 plants.
It all started with a single 4 feet-tall fiddleleaf fig plant, which has now taken over the entire bedroom ceiling. Over time, Oakes has added a wide variety of herbs, fruits, and vegetables; as well as loads of ornamental plants. Something of a biodiversity hotspot, in urban NYC.
Every possible surface and container have been used - green walls adorn the walls, small greenhouses, mason jars and even recycles tea tins.
Her apartment could be described as an inner city country house but with clever adaptations to let the plant-scape thrive. LED lighting system, vermiculture kit, compost bin and sub-irrigation system - these all serve to water, feed and provide additional lighting the green companions.
Taking care of 500 living organisms might sound like a stressful undertaking... but not so, says Oakes:
Watering the plants takes “about a half an hour every day, which I view as more of a meditative experience,” Oakes says. “And then once a week I probably spend a good hour, hour and a half doing composting, clipping back, that kind of stuff.”
Having 500 plants may be a stretch for many of us, but Oakes' example gives us an insight into what might be possible.
Some more pics from Oakes apartment: