With spring fully started and summer on its way it’s the ideal time to start sprouting and planting your own vegetables and fruits so you can enjoy them later this year. Nothing better than to put your teeth in a homegrown tomato or season your dishes with fresh herbs. Living in a flat or an apartment may not hold you back to enjoy these moments of culinary bliss.
Yes, you’re thinking right! Growing vegetables in an apartment right in your abode is not an impossible thing. Are you thinking of planting herbs, tomatoes, lemons, and mushrooms? No problem. There are a lot of ways how this can be done.
If the sun shines right down at your porch (if you live on the first floor) or your balcony, there’s plenty of air, and water is easily accessible within the bounds of your apartment, then you’ll have plenty of space to grow your own.
However, don’t despair when your balcony doesn’t see a ray of sunlight, there are plenty of other locations in your apartment that may get the sun (think of windowsills or other spots in your apartment that get some sun during the day) or just opt for veggies and herbs that do well in shady spots (arugula, parsley, cilantro, mint, garlic, scallions, and beets all do well with 4 hours of sunlight or less).
Growing vegetables in apartment – the best locations
You shouldn’t run out of ideas when it comes to the placement of your veggies and greens.
- Sides of the building – It’s time to that the spaces at the sides of your house are teeming with life. Talk with your landlord if you can put some containers there. Great if he agrees. If not, there are other options.
- Fire escape – The landing of the fire escape is a dead space, especially if there’s plenty of room to leave for the footpath, so why not put some containers there? Be extra careful in choosing the size of the pots, though. You can cause accidents – and inconvenience – if the pots are too large, causing obstruction.
- Handrails – This is a great place for small-sized herbs – parsley, cilantro, dill, chives, etc. These are 1-ft. herbs, but probably 2-ft. ones like savory, tarragon, thyme, and basil will not mess things up as well.
- Your balcony or patio – There’s nothing more convenient than this spot. Line up pots on both sides without obstructing the pathway.
- Walls – This is the most challenging location, but still, your walls are some of the best spots for the creative gardener. Don’t stick the vegetable items too much on the walls if you are only renting your apartment, as that idea may not sit well with the owner or landlord. Always make sure that nothing of the structure will be compromised.
- Windowsills – This is perfect for a variety of herbs or we always grow strawberries there. Make sure to opt for strawberry plants or seeds that do well in pots. For this, you will need shallow boxes you can buy at garden shops.
Growing vegetables in apartment – Edibles You Can Plant
What plants are perfect for your plan? Here are some suggestions.
- Herbs – If you want your garden to help you save money, herbs must form a big chunk of your apartment garden. Most of them don’t require a lot of effort and maintenance. Just make sure that the sun’s shining on their spot, although some of them won’t mind a shady spot, too. Consider parsley, ginger, cilantro, mint, chives, rosemary, and/or basil on your windowsills.
- Microgreens – These are not just the perfect additions to your salad; like herbs, microgreens such as arugula and beetroot are easy to grow, too. These plants can be placed in shallow containers and located where there’s a good amount of sunlight.
- Garlic Greens – They are a great alternative to spring onions and they survive in regions where garlic bulbs fail to grow. Prepare a 4-inch container for this. Just 4 cloves of garlic will do.
- Tomatoes – Tomatoes are not hard to grow. You just need pots with a diameter of 6 inches or even larger. You don’t need deep containers for them. Just make sure that the plants are exposed to the sun at least 8-12 hours a day.
- Mushrooms – Mushrooms are fat-free and low in calories. They are also gluten-free and contain low amounts of sodium. Grow them in your apartment garden and you’ll have from them a continuous supply of vitamin D, niacin, riboflavin, potassium, selenium, and much more. Mushrooms are so easy to grow that you can even grow them in your old laundry basket!
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Here are a few great “growing vegetables in apartment” ideas to get you started:
Let your creativity rule! Not only will you have fresh, organic herbs, fruits, and veggies at hand, your balcony will be turned into a fragrant, green sanctuary to relax and unwind after work.
Thanks for reading. I hope this information was helpful. Until next time!
Crazy cat lady, life and food lover, certified biologist, and holistic health coach.