Lots of people think if you live in an apartment you can’t do any gardening. There is not a lot of space, and some areas are common with other people. You can’t always know that your plants will be safe. Many apartments have a balcony, but that’s not as common as it used to be. Many people won’t live in an apartment for these very reasons. Excuses aside, it’s not that difficult, when an apartment is your home, to find a way to tend to your own mini garden. It’s our pleasure to show you some simple ways you can have – and enjoy – a garden in your apartment.
Pretty much the only form of gardening you can do when you live in an apartment is container gardening. The idea is quite straightforward. You purchase different types of containers and place them around your house planted with the plants of your choice. In order to keep track of what you’ve planted, it’s important to put some kind of label on each container. You will most likely have a variety of plants in your garden, and the same principles apply as in a regular garden. You have to know what kind of conditions each plant requires to thrive. An easy way to track what kind of upkeep your individual plants need is to label them properly.
You have to choose your containers wisely, also, and be sure they are roomy enough for your plant’s growth. Your first reaction, if your apartment is very small, is to choose the smallest containers you can find. Actually, this is one of the worst things you can do. The correct choice is a pot or container that’s a little larger than the one the plant is in now. This way your plants will have a better chance of actually taking root and growing well. When you put a plant into a container that is so small that the roots won’t be able to grow, the plant will most likely not live.
Community Garden As Alternative
Community gardens are another option for those of you who just don’t have any free spaces in your apartment, but still want a garden. Some community gardens are time shares and others may charge a fee to participate. This is a wonderful option because you have the pleasure of growing your own garden and you don’t have to find spaces in your apartment to do so. Of course, having an apartment garden may sound like a good idea but, realistically, if your plants start to encroach on your living quarters, you may realize that a community garden plot is actually a better solution.
So don’t get the mindset that there is nothing you can do about a garden if you live in an apartment. There are many choices and options that are very successful. Whole schools of thought and techniques have been developed around the premise that it is possible to garden in small spaces. Take these tips to heart, look up the information you need on the internet, and you will have a successful apartment garden of your own.