Are you under the misconception that living in an apartment prohibits you from having your own garden? For some people this idea is really depressing and it is one of the motivating factors they have for leaving apartment life behind for a house with a yard. Some apartment dwellers hide their disappointment by buying a houseplant or two and putting them here and there in their apartment.
Don’t despair! You can have a garden in your apartment, no matter how small it is. Our focus in this article is to give you the information you need to be a successful apartment gardener.
Pretty much the only form of gardening you can do when you live in an apartment is container gardening. It’s simply a matter if identifying spots around your home where you can put plants you’ve potted into different sized containers, such as ceramic pots, plastic containers, boxes, and bins. One thing you should remember to do if you garden in containers, is to label each one, so you will know what’s growing there. Maintenance of container plants is the same as with any type of garden. You have to give each type of plant the attention necessary to keep it healthy. If you want your plants to flourish, they have to have the care they need. If you label each plant it will be easier to keep track of what needs to be done on a regular basis.
Plan to purchase some grow lights to help your plants thrive. You might think that grow lights are only used for, shall we say, “certain” types of plant growers. It only makes sense to use grow lights if you have plants that are in an area that doesn’t get sufficient sunshine.
With a grow light or two, your plants will do well in areas that are naturally shady or limited in the amount of light they get. Before you go out and buy expensive new grow lights, see if you can locate some used one at your local flea market or second-hand shop.
A wonderful alternative, if you simply cannot find any extra space in your home for containers, is to see if there are any community gardens in your area that you can participate in. Ask around and find out how community gardens work in your location. Some of the options are paying a monthly fee for your plot or participating in a time share. Imagine the joy you will have with an outdoor plot of your own to grow whatever you want without impacting the space in your apartment. Your first choice might be to put a small garden in your apartment. However, if you truthfully evaluate that idea, and it just won’t work, don’t rule out being part of a community garden.
Many systems and procedures are available to you – even if your space is small – if you sincerely want to have your own garden. Whole schools of thought and techniques have been developed around the premise that it is possible to garden in small spaces. If you follow the suggestions we’ve outlined for you in this article, and do some independent research, you will have all the information you need to have a great apartment garden.