Adding a little greenery to your apartment is a great way to enrich your home. Apartments are smaller in size and if you love gardening, they unfortunately don’t come with a front or backyard. But just because you don’t have a yard doesn’t mean you can’t have a garden! Starting a garden in an apartment is easier than you might think! Here are some tips to get you started:
How to Start an Apartment Garden
- Determine the Amount of Space You Have
- Choose Your Plants
- Choose Containers
- Choose Soil
- Add Fertilizer
- Water Regularly
- Monitor Sunlight
- Harvest Regularly
1. Determine the Amount of Space You Have
Assess how much space you have available, such as a balcony or window sill. This will determine the size and type of plants you can grow. If you don’t have a lot of room, remember you can always purchase a small shelf to stack plants on.
2. Choose Your Plants
Select plants that are suitable for your space and the amount of sunlight they will receive. Some plants that grow well in small spaces include herbs, lettuce, tomatoes and peppers. Additionally, make sure the plants you choose face the direction of sunlight you have. For example, some plants grow better facing West. Check out our article on what the best plants are for an apartment garden for more info and tips.
3. Choose Containers
You will need containers that are large enough for your plants to grow in. Some choices include ceramic pottery, plastic pots or even thin trays. Make sure the containers have drainage holes so that excess water can drain out.
4. Choose Soil
Potting soil is the best choice for container gardens. It’s important to choose soil that’s appropriate for the plants you’re growing though. Certain types of vegetables prefer certain types of soil while herbs or flowers might prefer a different type.
5. Add Fertilizer
Plants growing in containers need more nutrients than those growing in the ground. You can add a slow-release fertilizer to the soil before planting, or use liquid fertilizer as needed.
6. Water Regularly
Container plants can dry out quickly, so it’s important to water them regularly. Make sure the soil is moist but not waterlogged. Different plants require different amounts of water so even if one plant is dried out and in need of water, others might not need it yet.
7. Monitor Sunlight
Some plants need full sun while others prefer partial shade. Be mindful of the amount of sunlight your plants are receiving, and adjust as necessary.
8. Harvest Regularly
Enjoy the fruits of your labor! If your plant produces fruits or vegetables, regular harvesting will encourage plants to continue producing.
Starting a garden in your apartment is a great way to bring some greenery and fresh produce into your life. With a little planning and care, you can create a beautiful and productive garden in even the smallest space.