The Easy, No-Frills Guide To Apartment Container Gardening
Living in an apartment doesn’t mean you can’t have a garden.
And not just a few pots of cilantro, rosemary and oregano. No, you can have a real garden that’s going to give you a real harvest.
Even if you’re growing in a small space like a balcony, patio or even a sunny spot indoors, using containers (that’s pots and planters to the layperson) can open up tons of options for gardening including everything from tomatoes and zucchini to melons and strawberries.
And you don’t have to be a master gardener to do it.
All it takes is a little dedication, patience and a bit of luck.
We’re going to give you a quick intro to get your garden started and then finish off with all the resources you need to grow more fruits and veggies than you can eat.
First, Find A Spot
Sure, if you’ve got a balcony or patio that’s your go-to spot. It’s outside, it’ll get the benefit of fresh air and rain – plus the fact it’ll keep the mess outdoors.
But you want to make sure that your spot gets at least 6 hours of sun. That’s the ideal amount of sun that most fruit and vegetable plants need per day for optimal growth. You can squeeze by with 4 hours, but unless you’re growing varieties that do well in shade, you may not get the growth you want.
You can always grow indoors if your balcony or patio doesn’t get any sun. Plus if you’re growing indoors you can add a grow light to help out.
When you’ve found your spot, you’ll need to measure the length and width of the area so you know how much room you’re working with and what size pots or planters will fit.
Next, Choose Your Container
The term containers includes pots, planters and raised beds. For an apartment, you’re going to want to go with one of these.
Pots are going to give you the widest variety, but make sure you get ones that are large enough to let your plants roots stretch out. Here’s a sizing guide to help you out. You can buy pots online or at any garden center or hardware store. Tip: Plastic pots and cloth “grow bags” are a good option as they’re lighter and easier to move.
Planters are a good choice as they make the best use of space and some have legs so you won’t have to do as much bending over. On the downside, they’re a bit more difficult to move.
If you’ve got the room, a raised bed will really increase your garden space – especially tiered models like these.
Last, Choose Your Plants
Yes, the best for last – choosing what you want to grow. This is going to be difficult. So many options to choose from. But a good idea is to check your local growing guide to time it with the growing season. If you don’t get a lot of sun, here’s a list of veggies that do well in the shade.
Here’s how you can grow a salsa garden.
And here’s an ancient complementary way of planting used by the Native Americans called the 3 Sisters Method.
Tips & Guides
Here’s some guides that cover everything from growing in pots to soil selection.
- Choosing The Right Soil
- Seeds Or Seedlings?
- Growing Vegetables In Pots
- Container Vegetable Gardening 101
- Ultimate Guide To Indoor Vegetable Gardens
So now that you’ve got all you need to get started, what’s stopping you? Delicious fresh fruits and vegetables are only short growing season away.
There’s no better place to start your garden than the premier luxury apartments at The Legend at Park Ten in Houston, TX. We offer you comfortable, spacious floor plans, top tier amenities and a location near all the conveniences of downtown.