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You don't have to be an artist to be inspired by your little piece of green. Plants can be a pretty powerful muse. What better place to write than in a tiny garden -- and we're talking longhand, not the keyboard kind. Practice your penmanship and your poetry. Try calligraphy. Dash off a few lines to a friend, confide your innermost thoughts to your diary, record the sprouting of new life in a garden journal -- or start working on the Great American Novel. (Now, how cool would you be if you could say at your book-signing, "Oh, it was nothing; I wrote it on my balcony in just one week.")

Your garden can also be your studio. Dust off that watercolor set and bring out your charcoal sticks. If realism's not your cup of tea, make abstract, organic sketches of the plants around you. Drawing sweeping, expressive lines on big sheets of paper is a great stress reliever!

Okay, okay, if you insist that there isn't a creative bone in your body, you can do work in your garden. Take your laptop out on the balcony and ogle your spreadsheets if you must. Our point is, there's very little (except going to the bathroom and some other stuff) that you can't do in your balcony oasis.