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LIFESTYLE: Urban Gardening by Tatiana Hitchen


Spring inspires many to green- fingered pursuits, allured by plants bursting forth in viridian glory. If you are limited to a balcony or courtyard, you may be appropriately green with envy at people who have a sizeable garden. However, small spaces can be productive. If you have light and provide water, there's nothing


stopping you from


growing flowers, fruits, herbs and vegetables.


It may not seem much, but balcony gardening can also help ease environmental burdens. Think about it this way: your plants will suck up some carbon dioxide; you are reducing your "food miles"; you can lessen waste by composting scraps for your plants (used coffee grounds reputedly repel slugs and snails);


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and you can attract and sustain vital life like bees and butterflies.


Practical Considerations If you are new to gardening, the vast subject can intimidate and dwarf your limited outdoor space into disuse. However, there is plenty of advice available to help novices on


their way. The first step is to at least have a go.


Way up in the unlikely environs of a 13th floor Sydney apartment, Australian TV presenter and writer Indira Naidoo has an astonishingly productive balcony garden and her expertise has been published in her


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