Apartment gardening is great for those who don’t want to give up their love for gardening because of their small space. Besides adding life to your apartment space, this form of gardening is fun and lets you explore your creativity. From fruits and vegetables to flowers and shrubs, mini garden are the answer for your limited space. Whether it’s patio or your interiors, you can flaunt your gardening skills with these easy apartment gardening tips.
Planter boxes are cheap and easy ways to feed your gardening passion even in the smaller space. Planter boxes are available in many shapes and sizes and come in many different materials like wood, plastic and metal. And they are versatile too! You can place them on the top of balcony, deck railing or a chain link fence. Just make sure that the planter box you choose includes sturdy brackets, to prevent it from falling off and a back bar, to provide it an extra support on the narrow railing. Also check if it has a removable water reservoir tray to store drips, thereby preventing them from leaking below.
Keep these Things in Mind While Having a Planter Box:
- Make sure the boxes have 2 to 3 holes for adequate drainage. If there are no holes, you can drill new ones.
- Keep the planter boxes in a place where they receive at least five hours of sunlight per day.
- Fill the planter boxes with a mixture of loam garden soil, sand and peat moss for a healthy soil for the plants.
- Water the soil until it drains out of the bottom of the planter box.
- Use a liquid plant fertilizer to the planter box after 14 days.
Square Foot Gardening:
Besides trying planter boxes, you can grow variety of plants in a raised bed, which is known as a square foot gardening. It’s a new concept in apartment gardening to make the most your limited space. You need to cut wooden boards and nail them together to make the 4×4 box. Now, fill each square with soil to form the raised beds. Plant the different vegetable plants in each of the squares. To make the most of your square feet gardening, make sure you….
- Grow medium sized veggies one per square
- Green Beans can be planted four per square
- Carrots and onions and be planted 9 to 12 per square
- Place them in sunny location
- Get them near the source of water
- Fill them up with fertile soil
- Watering and weeding regularly
Like a balcony, you can set a mini garden inside your home, especially when you don’t have enough balcony space. To supply adequate lights to your plants, invest in several grow lights like incandescent lamps, fluorescent lights, and HID bulbs. Keep these basic right while planning your indoor garden:
- Position the plants carefully.
- Place them near windows if the room is dark, pay close attention to the recommend amount of sunlight for each plant.
- Place the ferns and other moisture plants in bathroom.
- Water the plants from the bottom up by keeping their pots in the dish filled with water.
- Do not keep plants near heating or cooling ducts, as excessive heat or cold can kill them.
- Avoid over watering, instead go for misting them with a spray bottle.
- Make sure to keep grow lights close to the plants, but not so close to burn their leaves.
- Keep some varieties of plant which can survive inside like Pothos, Aloe, Spider Plant, English Ivy, and Jade Plant. These plants don’t require lot of water and prefer ordinary light and room temperature.
Vertical Hanging Garden:
A vertical hanging garden is awe-inspiring, easy, and above all – unique! Plus, it’s a great idea to recycle plastic bottles. In a vertical hanging garden, the water drips from one planter to another flowing downwards. All that you need to do is cut out a rectangle from the plastic bottle in middle and then place a cardboard strip. Fill it with potting soil and fit the plant. Wrap a wire loop around both ends and hang it on the wall.
Hope these ideas help you live your “green” dream, no matter how big or small!
Author Bio: Ben Verdi is owner of Hays NYC in New York City. He has more than 20 years of experience and is passionate about all things related to home improvement.