For some reason people have gotten the idea that it is impossible to grow a garden in an apartment style setting. Don’t fret! The good news is that you can have an apartment garden that you will enjoy. So, what’s the bad news, you may wonder. Sorry to tell you, but there isn’t any. All you need is some creative thought, research, and some work and you will have the garden of your choice no matter where you live. The tips in this article will tell you what you need to know to have a thriving apartment garden for your enjoyment.
If you haven’t found your apartment yet, but you are looking for one, focus your search on apartments that have balconies or small patios. More importantly, try to find an apartment that has a balcony that faces the sun. Your plants will grow better if they at least get a little direct sunlight each day, even if they are shade-loving varieties. If finding a sunny balcony or patio isn’t feasible for you, don’t give up yet. If you take the time to learn about artificial sunlight, you will discover quickly that you have a lot of options. If at all possible though, direct and actual sunlight-even if it is only for a portion of the day-is best. You can use many different kinds of containers for your plants and it isn’t necessary to spend a lot of money on them. You are already likely paying quite a lot of money in rent and utilities and really one container is pretty much as good as the next. It’s possible to find an adequate variety of styles and sizes of containers on sale just about every week. Some unusual places where you might find cheap items you can use for containers include second hand stores, estate sales, and even pawn shops. Shopping for inexpensive containers will give you more cash flow to buy better quality plants, seeds, soil, and other items you need for your container gardening.
Do some research on square foot gardening. Square foot gardening is an organic gardening procedure that uses composting to be successful. There are a couple of good reasons to try this method. The first advantage is that you stand a better chance of successfully growing an organic garden in a limited area. With a small compost tumbler or kitchen compost system (Bokashi) you can make, and use, your own compost from your kitchen scraps. There are small compost systems, even compost tumblers, that can be put on a patio or balcony. The smallest one you can find will be perfect because you really won’t need a lot of compost. This also cuts down on the amount of things you throw away which helps reduce your carbon footprint.
Many options exist for someone who wants to enjoy a garden, but who is stuck in a apartment or small living quarters with no yard. You can do this. It’s not impossible, or even hard. Of course, a lot of people may try to convince you it isn’t realistic, but don’t listen to them. Don’t use not having any outside area to lead you to the conclusion that you can’t have a garden. It’s just not true! Whatever places you have available where a pot or container will fit is a great place to put a plant. You are only limited by your creativity. Use these tips to help you get started on your project. A little bit of research will help you turn up plenty more. If you combine our suggestions with the information from your local nursery person and your own research, you will have the basis for a beautiful garden.