Living in an apartment doesn’t mean that you can’t do gardening. In fact, an apartment is never complete without a tad bit of nature, aka a garden. And you can’t make the excuse that you have limited space. We get that apartments are compact, but people have easily nailed gardening, irrespective of the space constraints.
This blog will make you realize that apartment gardening is possible and help you get started with some cool and practical tips. Now, let’s get started.
8 Practical Tips for Apartment Gardening for Beginners
How big is your space?
As a beginner, slow steps help. Irrespective of the space, it’s recommended to start small. Firstly, start with a few pots, and eventually, you can think of vertical gardening.
Consider your schedule
Yes, you read it right. It’s obvious that you can’t work around the clock with your plants. So, pick plants that can grow based on the time you can devote to your garden.
If you have a time crunch, low-maintenance plants are the best. Growing high-maintenance ones can be challenging. But it can be rewarding, especially if you grow small vegetables.
Invest in new tools
If you don’t want to get into a muddy mess, get the right gear and tools for your new garden. The bare minimum tools you would need are some gloves, pruning shears, a garden fork, a trowel, and a utility bucket. Avoid using old, rusty tools.
Choose the right soil
You may ask what’s in the type of soil. The soil is the base for any plant growth. It’s where the plant gets air, water, and other nutrients.
However, regular garden soil may not be the right choice for apartment gardening. Use potting soil that is lightweight, fluffy, and permits more air circulation around the roots. Lightweight pots are essential if you are placing the pots on balconies that have a weight limit.
Save your plants from harsh winds
Remember, the higher up you are, the more wind you get. So, beware of extreme conditions. Plants get affected by strong winds. They can damage the tender leaves or, in the worst cases, tip over the heavy pots.
To keep your plants safe, place a wind barrier or make sure your containers possess sufficient weight and width to hold the plants in place.
Is it a no-window apartment?
No windows? Not a problem. Because you can still do gardening indoors. Choose plants that can flourish in low-light areas if there’s a lack of natural light in your apartment.
Humidity matters for indoor plants
Though indoor plants can live in normal room humidity, some might demand extra moisture. So, keep a spray bottle handy, or better yet, gather those plants on a pebble tray to enhance the moisture around them.
Use seed sheets
As a beginner, you’d love to grow your garden from seed to full-grown plants. Seed sheets are available for different purposes, including salad, herbs, container gardens, and organic plants. Choose one based on your needs.
Apartment gardening can help you enhance your overall well-being and connect with nature. In particular, some indoor plants can contribute to better air quality. It also provides an opportunity to personalize living spaces. It’s never too late to get started with gardening. We hope these tips have helped you in some way. Happy gardening.