A shortage of space is no reason for you to abandon your love for apartment gardening.
Even if you live in a condominium or apartment with limited space, you should still be able to grow a few plants. Aside from the common houseplants, certain fruits, herbs, and vegetables can actually thrive within a restricted space such as an apartment garden.
You’ll most likely be starting with just a few containers and will continue to grow your apartment garden as you hone your gardening skills. Many factors, such as access to sunlight and the weight of your containers, will affect the success of your indoor mini-garden.
To help you get started with the highest chance of success, we’ve compiled a complete beginner’s guide to apartment gardening. Read on for more information.
How to Grow Plants In Apartments
Some plants require less maintenance than others and are more forgiving to beginner mistakes. Despite this, it’s a fact of life that all plants will have a baseline of specific growing requirements that you must meet. The following are a few elements to keep in mind as you choose which plants to grow in your apartment garden.
Almost all flowering and fruit-bearing plants require a full day of sunshine. This means that they need approximately six to eight hours of direct sunlight. In an apartment, access to sunlight can be hard to come by. This is especially true for cities wherein tall buildings can obstruct sunlight for the majority of the day.
If your unit has a balcony or if you have access to the rooftop, these places provide the best chances of full sunlight. If you’re gardening on a windowsill, you may have to choose plants that require less sunlight, such as herbs and certain salad greens. You could take it an extra step by purchasing a grow light to mimic the sun’s rays.
Most plants rely on soil for water, air, and nutrients. Since your garden will likely involve containers, you can’t use ordinary garden soil. Instead, you’ll have to make use of a well-draining potting mix. The potting mix is light and fluffy, allowing air and water to circulate efficiently.
Plants in containers require a lot of water throughout the day. Place your garden close to a water supply for easy access. Carrying water cans can make you easily tired, especially if you have multiple plants. Consider purchasing a hose that can be hooked up to a nearby faucet.
The air in an apartment can get very dry very quickly. If you’re growing your plants on an indoor windowsill, spraying the plants with a fine mist can help. You can also opt to place the plants near a tray of water.
Your plants may be exposed to strong winds if they are located on a rooftop or your balcony. If that’s the case, you may need some extra protection. Provide a wind block such as a screen or railing to prevent wind from tearing through leaves and overturning your containers.
Containers full of soil are heavy. Containers full of soil that has been recently watered are even heavier. Make sure your apartment garden area can handle the weight. If you’re gardening on a balcony or rooftop, you’re going to want to double-check with your landlord regarding weight restrictions.
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