Growing a garden in an apartment might sound like an impossibility, but it’s not. Even if you have no sunlight or no place to put any soil, there are options for you. In most cases, you can get started very cheaply and maybe even for free. Some scenarios cost a little more, but when you consider what you will end up saving on grocery bills over time, it pays for itself.
Producing your own food is a great way to get vegetables that are tastier than what grocery stores offer, that are cheaper (because you’re doing all the labor) and that come from soil you know and having nothing in them but what you fed them. It’s also a very relaxing hobby that can bring some life into an otherwise dull apartment experience.
Many apartment residents are taking up gardening, growing vegetables, herbs, flowers, and other plants on their patios, balconies or even inside their apartments. No matter how tiny your apartment, there’s room for a few plants. Read on for tips on how you too can have an apartment garden.
- If your apartment has a balcony or patio you are truly blessed and should take complete advantage of that outdoor space, no matter how tiny.
- Maybe you don’t have a balcony in your apartment, but you do have a large window. You can easily grow plants in pots in front of that window.
- Then there’s sprouting. Sprouting might just be the perfect way to grow your own food in an apartment. You can grow fresh, healthy, organic produce in just a few days with just a few simple steps, and using nothing more complicated that a quart canning jar and cheese-cloth if you don’t want to purchase a sprouter.
- People have been planting flowers and vegetables in window boxes for centuries, and you can too. All you need is a window box, a place to put it, and the soil and plants to put in the window boxes.
- Grow lights and hydroponics inside are another apartment gardening idea
- Herb gardens can be grown inside in your kitchen or on a windowsill somewhere in your apartment quite easily.
If you’ve never gardened at all, the first thing you need to know is: it’s not rocket science. There’s a little research to be done, so you’ll know what each plant needs. Getting started takes some planning and may require a few experiments. The maintenance is pretty straightforward – mostly just watering. And then you’ll need to know when to pick your produce and how to go about that. It can be a lot of work at first, especially if you’ve always known veggies as things that magically appeared in grocery stores. But it gets easier the longer you do it.
Also remember not to get frustrated if you lose a plant or a crop, or the birds or bugs get to it before you can. These things happen. Some experienced gardeners make it look easy to avoid these mishaps, but that’s because they’ve been doing it long enough to develop an instinct about it. You’ll get there, too.
If you’re uncertain of your gardening skills, tomatoes are a great plant to start with. They need a fair amount of sunlight, but if you have that, they’re hearty growers that defy almost every mistake you throw at them.
Be aware that pets, especially cats may make things difficult. For example, cats like to knock plants over, dogs like to dig dirt and pet birds may chomp on food items that are poisonous to them. You can still grow food around pets. You just need to be aware and take precautions. If you can grow your food on the balcony, for example, and just never let the pet roam around out there, you’re all set.