Tips to grow vegetable garden in your apartment

If you’re thinking about starting a small vegetable garden but feel your urban apartment does not provide adequate space then these simple ideas help you move towards growing some vegetables on a small and manageable scale in your apartment. Growing a garden in the city is not as hard as it sounds. With some basic supplies and a little hard work, you can grow an assortment of vegetables in your own kitchen garden. A well-kept garden never fails to add more life to your living space.

Containers or pots and fertilizers are readily available at any gardening store. Alternately you can go green and recycle plastic, containers, buckets, boxes, bottles and basins that you already have at home. Simply make small holes in the bottom of the pots for irrigation and line the bottom of each container with small rocks. You can make your own compost fertilizer by making compost bin of biodegradable waste from wastes like the vegetable peel, egg shell dried leaves etc. Remember potted plants need to be fertilized more often than outdoor plants. Make sure your containers gets water and ample amount of sunlight for at least 4-5 hours a day.

If your apartment has a big balcony or some extra space, you can grow vegetables that require larger containers, such as cauliflower, cabbage, and broccoli. Eggplant, peppers, salad greens and herbs all grow easily in smaller containers. Carrots will also grow in small containers that are deep. If you have a balcony, you can use it to grow plants like tomatoes, cucumbers, beans and other vine plants that require structural support like trellises, cages or poles to grow properly. These plants not only give you fresh vegetables but also beautify your living space. These are some styles of gardening you can try to grow your own veggies and get your extra dose of fresh air.

  • Go Vertical: You can mount your pots in the balcony walls as well as your kitchen walls. Going vertical saves space and brings character to your home.
  • Square Foot Gardening: A variety of plants can be planted in small space using this style. You’ll have to make the one-time investment in constructing raised beds and filling them with soil and get consistent organic vegetables. A raised garden is beneficial as it prevents grass from growing in your garden space, you get easier access to your plants, and there is no wasted space.
  • Container gardening: Another version of a raised garden which is also portable is to grow vegetables in a container or shoe boxes, wine crates or any old boxes.
  • Windowsill boxes: If your space is very limited, you can try growing a small herbs garden on your windowsill in small containers like plastic glasses or small containers and enjoy fresh herbs from your very own garden.

Hope these tips helps you build and enjoy your own vegetable garden and make your living space livelier.

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