A couple of years ago, my husband and I were fortunate to finally get out of living in one-room apartments which is pretty standard in South Korea. Although we had more space, I still felt like I was missing something. In our last one room, we got three small plants: a stuckyii, a mother-in-law’s tongue, and a peace lily. They were just the beginning of something.
After we moved, we had two verandas in our apartment. The space was perfect for putting containers out on and growing more plants, so that’s what I did. By our bedroom, a wall of flowering plants bring me happiness to look at every morning. As the containers amassed, more plant babies found their way into the house as well. Now, we have over a dozen different varieties of plants in our place.
Many Korean apartments have indoor verandas as well as outdoor verandas. The outdoor ones are essentially long balconies- but not where you can step out on. The ones in our apartment are basically built in flower beds. The previous owners had filled it with some sort of sand and rocks, so it was impossible to plant directly. Instead we covered it with leftover wood tiles and use it for containers.
The indoor veranda is right off the living room and is separated by sliding glass doors. This part of the house is not heated with 온돌 (ondol, Korean floor heating system) and acts as a second layer of insulated protection against the cruel Korean winters. What is out here is a bookshelf, my reading nook, and a shelving unit where I have a lot of small terracotta pots. This is where I started an herb garden last year. Because the space isn’t heated in the winter, it works well for annual herbs. Last year was my first year with the herb garden and it was so fun to go out there every morning to water, check on them, and cut fresh herbs when I cooked.
This year, and what made me want to start blogging about it, is my gardening is about to blossom (#sorrynotsorry). I am going to start container gardening.
I started researching information the last couple of weeks and it’s safe to say that I am overwhelmed. I am having to learn things in English, find the words in Korean, then look for these things on the Korean interwebs where I inevitably find more words I haven’t seen before, back to the translator, and then finally things make sense…but not much. However! That’s why I wanted to document what I learn here. This way, while I learn, maybe others can learn as well.
Last night we ordered the containers and other supplies to get started. When they come and things get started, I’ll be sure to update the page.