How to Have Your Own Garden in an Apartment

There are a ton of advantages to growing your own food, like knowing exactly where it’s coming from, you control the chemicals used, it’s cheap, and it’s healthy. Growing a ton of a food can be difficult without a ton of land, but it isn’t impossible. It’s actually a lot easier than you may think. Living on the 15th floor of a New York apartment can pose its problems, but first you must figure out which plants work best in your type of environment.

Try the herbs

Parsley, lemongrass, chives, oregano, and basil are super easy to grow indoors. If you can use a breathable pot, like the ones made of terra cotta, it’s easy to grow them indoors as long as you keep them near a window. All you have to do is not overwater them. The beauty of herbs is they only need to be watered once a week. You will know when to water them once the soil is completely dry, then you should make the soil completely wet.

The Greens

These plants like lettuce, spinach, arugula, and chard can handle low levels of light, so growing them indoors isn’t difficult. They have shallow roots so growing them in window boxes is ideal. Just be sure to give them a little light.

DIY an ideal growing environment

If your balcony or roof has too much sun, you can always get an awning to make some shade. Tomatoes need light but not too much. If you’ve got too little light, try painting a pallet white and put it against the wall the reflect what sunlight you do receive. If you live in warmer, drier climates, be sure to have your pots resting in drip trays that you keep filled with water. There are always self-watering planters too.

Be picky about where you buy your plants

Buying from a nursery rather than a big box store allows you to get more organic seeds.  Bigger stores don’t really care for their plants too often, so their seeds are less quality too.

Eat it

Once the garden has grown all your herbs and vegetables, fruits, it’s time to chow down, and reap what you sew. Especially true with herbs, the more you pick the more they’ll grow. Don’t tug on the leaves, use a pair of herb scissors so you don’t strain the plans and dislodge the roots. 

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