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Easy ideas for creating a terrace garden

Living more sustainably, growing our own food, spending time in nature - it’s a dream most of us have. However, living in urban areas, this dream can feel a bit unrealistic. It doesn’t have to be that way! We have some ideas for a small terrace garden that the urban-farmer in you will love.

A small rooftop garden is set up with a patch of grass,
A small rooftop garden is set up with a patch of grass,

If you are sharing your terrace with your neighbours, try framing your area with windshields and trellises. They cut down the wind factor, give you a bit of privacy and create a cosy, intimate space. The best part? It looks stunning when your plants start climbing the trellis as time progresses. The next step is to lay the foundation of your terrace garden with easy-to-clean decking for flooring and a patch of grass for that natural look. Not only does it look good, but the flooring is super-helpful for water drainage too.

It’s important to pay attention to the details. Since a terrace garden is subject to forceful gusts of wind, invest in heavy and large garden pots and sturdy wooden planters that won’t tip over. Where each plant is located is also a very crucial detail. Keeping the more fragile plants in the corner is a good idea - better wind protection. While the herbs love being out in the sun, the berries withstand heavy rains and winds and look great climbing on a trellis.

Add a spacious bench to store your pots, tools, soil and more. Try repurposing a sturdy IKEA shopping bag for composting. All you need to do is fill it up with weeds, extra soil and fallen leaves while sweeping your garden and mix it up from time to time. If you don’t have access to a hose or any water source on your terrace, leave a plastic basin out to collect rainwater to use on your plants.

All work and no play is not fun. The work’s done, your garden’s set, the plants are thriving - what’s next? Some rest and relaxation, of course! Add a few chairs, a small table (or a box that doubles as a table) and put your feet up with a coffee in hand. It’s time to enjoy the fruits of your labour, quite literally!

We love to see our customers get creative with our products. Go for it! But please note that altering or modifying IKEA products so they can no longer be re-sold or used for their original purpose, means the IKEA commercial guarantees and your right to return the products will be lost.

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Interior designer: Marianne Eriksson
Photographer: Daniel Wester
Writer: Vanessa Algotsson