With spring arriving all over the country many people are considering starting a garden. If you live in an apartment, you might be lamenting the fact you have no yard or space for the relaxing and enjoyable process of growing your own food.
However, it takes less space than you think to grow plants and even a small apartment can benefit from the advantages of a few vegetables or fruit pots.
Of course, since space is at a premium in an apartment it can be difficult to know where to put your garden. A balcony or small patio is of course the obvious choice if you have them, but even apartments without an outdoor area can successfully grow a few plants.
Just look for “shade-loving” varieties of fruits, vegetables, and flowers for best indoor results. If you can find a windowsill that gets a good amount of sunlight you have a perfect location for a small garden in various containers.
Of course, since your garden will be a container garden as opposed to a standard plot of ground, you can incorporate more decorative items or theme into your pots to make them more attractive. For example, all kinds of bottles, recycled containers, baskets, and boxes make a perfect place to put a plant.
A “green” theme could use empty milk cartons, cereal boxes, and other recycled materials to hold a variety of plants. Or you could choose a color and make all your containers match that color: blue glass bottles, blue baskets, blue pots, etc. Even containers you might not think of at first like a football helmet or cowboy boot can be a plant holder if you are creative.
The biggest caution experts give for a new gardener is to take it slow. Plants do require care, so don’t plant more than you can easily handle. Even a couple of plants can brighten an apartment so consider choosing only your favorite two or three fruits, vegetables, or flowers to cultivate this year and see how it goes.
Remember that most plants need well-drained soil so consider using a small pot inside of a larger one in order to allow water a chance to drain out of the plant without making a mess in your apartment. If you don’t have a lot of time to devote to caring for a garden, consider growing cactus or a water garden that doesn’t need much attention.
Anyone can have a garden, even in a small apartment. All it takes is a little more creativity and imagination for a beautiful spot of green heaven in your apartment.