A Complete Beginner’s Guide To Starting An Apartment Vegetable Garden
It’s springtime and it’s the perfect time to start a vegetable garden.
Wait, what’s that? Oh you live in an apartment so that means you can’t have one, right?
You couldn’t be more wrong.
Just because you don’t have a lot of space doesn’t mean you can’t grow fresh fruits and veggies. And not just for the heck of it either – you can get some serious returns for your dedicated work.
Most apartments have either a patio or a balcony. And while many of these spaces are small, they’re plenty of room to start your own garden. The trick is, using the right setup.
But you don’t have a patio or balcony? No worries. Do you have a sunny spot by a large window? Then you can grow indoors.
We’re going to get you started on the fun and rewarding path of small-spaces gardening, by showing you how to choose the right spot, setup and what to grow. And then we’ll give you all the resources to take you from planting to harvest.
So let’s get started.
Well, since your options are limited to your patio or balcony, this will be pretty easy. What you do need to take into account though is how much sun your spot gets. To successfully grow fruits and vegetables you’ll need at least 6+ hours of direct sunlight a day.
If your patio or balcony gets partial sun or no sun at all, you’ve got two options: grow plants that thrive in the shade or grow indoors. Growing indoors also gives you the benefit of being able to use a grow light to help out.
After you’ve decided on your site, measure the length and the width of your space so you’ll know what size containers your site will allow. Remember to leave room for you to work.
Container gardening is perfect for small spaces. What’s container gardening? It’s just a fancy way of saying growing things in pots. That’s right – the same type of pots that houseplants grow in, you’re going to be using to grow your veggies.
Depending on what you want to grow, you’ll need to choose pots large enough to let the roots stretch out without choking your plants off. Here’s a guide to pot sizing.
A recent trend for container gardening is fabric pots. They’re lighter, breathable and easier to move. See some examples here and here. But almost any type of pot will work and there’s tons to choose from like these, these and these.
Another option (and a personal favorite) are planters and raised beds. These are just large rectangular pots, often with legs which makes them easier to work in since you don’t have to bend over so much.
Choose Your Crop
You’re going to spend a minute pondering what you want to grow. Tomatoes, strawberries, leafy green, carrots, herbs, blackberries – the list is long, especially with such a climate like North Carolina’s. You’ll want to be sure to plant at the right times and pick plants that can deal with temperature extremes.
Here’s a handy guide to gardening in central North Carolina.
Maybe your thumb isn’t so green and you’ve killed a few plants in your day. No problem, here’s a list of easy veggies to grow.
We didn’t forget about those who are going to grow indoors either.
Follow these three steps and you’re ready to get under way. As promised, here’s that list of resources to give you everything you need to have the best garden around.
- Choosing The Right Soil
- Seeds Or Seedlings?
- Growing Vegetables In Pots
- Container Vegetable Gardening 101
- Ultimate Guide To Indoor Vegetable Gardens
- Container And Small Space Gardening
- Small Space Gardening Tips for Apartment Dwellers + Urbanites
- How To Grow A Salsa Garden
With some dedication, cooperation from the weather and a little TLC, you’ll have more peppers, tomatoes and more than you can eat at the end of the season.
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