Gardening doesn’t have to be just for those with big yards. Learn about the wonderful world of apartment gardening!
One of the downsides of living in an apartment is the lack of outdoor space. According to the National Multifamily Housing Council, 35% of Americans live in rental properties. That’s a large chunk of people that are deprived of “green space”. However, just because you’re an apartment dweller, there’s no reason you can’t bring a little of the great outdoors inside and enjoy delicious homegrown goodies year round. All it takes is a few apartment gardening tips. That’s right, decide what you’d like to grow, acquire the proper tools, and you’ll be enjoying the fruits (and veggies) of your apartment gardening labor in no time.
The first step to apartment gardening is to decide what you want to grow and how you want to grow it. For example, are you up to the challenge of starting your garden from seeds or would you prefer to buy herb plants and vegetable starts? Buying starts isn’t “cheating”; in fact, for a first time gardener, starts can provide a little extra confidence. If it’s a question of money, seeds will be cheaper. You can use a seed starting kit to make the process easier.
Next, find a spot in your home that’s appropriate for apartment gardening. Ideally you’ll want a spot that gets good direct sunlight. In addition, you’re going to want a spot that’s a bit out of the way. Apartment gardening is going to be a real pain if you’re tripping over your supplies every time you try to head into the kitchen.
If direct sunlight really isn’t an option, you’ll probably need to use grow lights like these to provide the nourishment your apartment garden will need. If you’re going to be using grow lights, keep in mind that they will probably be on for at least 18 hours a day, so be sure to pick a spot where they won’t interfere with anyone’s sleep.
If you still aren’t quite ready to get your hands dirty with apartment gardening, consider giving an indoor garden like the Miracle-Gro AeroGarden a try. It’s a dirt free growing technology that is scientifically proven to grow plants up to 10X faster than plants grow in soil. If you aren’t super confident in your apartment gardening skills, this may be just the thing for you because it is guaranteed to work. Heck, even NASA has approved the technology! There’s no dirt, no mess, and no green thumb required, so it’s a stress free way of introducing yourself to apartment gardening.
While living in an apartment has its perks (for example, not having to shovel a driveway during the winter), there are also disadvantages. Not having access to green space is one big disadvantage of most rental properties. Luckily, there are tips and tricks that can help you bring the outdoors in. Apartment gardening is a great way to still experience nature while living in an apartment. Plus, apartment gardening let’s you take up a relaxing hobby, experience fresh produce, and save money.
Thanks, Mommy Poppins!