Growing your own is not reserved for those with an allotment space or garden. That’s a common mistake among apartment dwellers.
In fact, apartment gardening is probably one of the best ways as a beginner, to try your luck with growing your own crops.
That’s because you can benefit from a more accessible and manageable growing space, minus the additional cost of renting an allotment plot. With a little research, you’ll find fruit and vegetables to pick from that can be grown to harvest to tickle your fancy.
The key to success is all about maximising your space so that your plants can grow healthily and abundantly. With that in mind, we have put together the quick guide to help you create an edible apartment garden with 4 easy vegetable crops.
To start growing fruits and vegetables in your apartment the first task is to pick a location. This will play a major part in the success of plants and since you’re already compromising their natural conditions, you need to offer the best growing environment possible for them to thrive.
Consider how much exposure to sunlight, temperature, humidity and air circulation plants will have and how much is appropriate. Depending on specific plant needs, you can grow both indoors and outdoors (on a balcony) in an apartment.
What to Grow
While growing your own food might seem intimidating, it doesn’t get any more straightforward than growing Herbs. Herbs are the perfect indoor edible plants and are almost impossible to get wrong. We recommend starting with herbs commonly used in even the simplest recipes, such as basil, parsley and mint.
Then all they need is a well-lit area and to water them regularly. If you can keep a few herbs alive, you can definitely have a go at growing your own!
Salad greens are also a great beginner’s crop because they can be harvested within weeks! Perfect for those with a little less patience than the average grower. Although you don’t have to stick to basic lettuce; try pak choi, mizuna or spinach instead. If you’re planting your greens outdoors, be sure to prep your compost soil with a plant root barrier to improve seed germination and fight off pathogens!
Tomatoes and Peppers
Flower producing vegetable plants such as tomatoes and peppers require a substantial amount of sunlight and should ideally be grown outdoors on a balcony in containers, or at least on a bright windowsill. Bigger containers are best to hold what has the potential to be a great yield from these plants. Especially when regularly feeding the plants with an organic premium fertiliser for best results.
When to Grow
One of the beauties of apartment gardening is that while you might be a little limited in what you can grow, you’re less limited in when you can grow. The herbs, salad green and even peppers mentioned above can be grown indoors in almost any season as long as they’re kept in the ideal environment. Although as a rule of thumb, we think you should stick growing slow maturing crops like tomatoes and other vegetables that need a little more TLC in their rightful seasons.
With all that being said, there’s no reason to be discouraged by your growing space. Time to get to growing…
Happy Apartment Gardening!