How to start a Garden

Gardening in an apartment

December 19, 2017 by Adam

While it may seem like an arduous undertaking to begin gardening in a small livingspace such as an apartment, it isnt impossible. It may come as a surprise to some, butthere are actually a number of benefits when is comes to growing inside a dwelling asopposed to growing outside. Frost and pests can be a major burden when growinganything outside, but when growing inside, these annoyances are nearly non-existent,albeit the occasional spider or fruit fly. Although it probably wouldnt be practical (orpossible) to grow massive groves of wheat or corn inside a closed space, it can be quiteeasy to grow certain other types of vegetables and fruits. But first, in order to grow in anapartment, we need to find a prime space in which to grow that has the right amount ofsunlight. Square foot gardening is a technique used by multiple growers who grow inconfined spaces. When prepping to grow with this technique, acquire a cardboard boxor equal length and width. This box can be placed on the ground and those which aredo not need a bottom to them, however, a weed blocker placed on the bottom of the boxis recommended. In addition, there is a specific soil type that is highly recommended tobe used for this method called Mels Mix, dubbed after the creator of the method, MelBartholomew; once used, this soil need not be replaced. Make sure when using thismethod that the box is placed in an area that receives six to eight hours of sunlight perday.

Another popular method of growing inside of an apartment is called "container" or"bucket growing". This method is just what the name implies, growing plants inside of abucket or a container. This method is convenient for those who have very little room towork with as it is just a single item. There are also less weeds and less watering needsthan other growing methods. First, youll need a bucket or a container with a hole in thebottom for drainage. Make sure the bucket is clean and contains no contaminants suchas paint residue. You will want to expose the bucket to six to eight hours of sunlight forwarm season crops, such as squash, eggplant, tomatoes, and peppers, and three tofive hours for cool season crops, such as asian greens, spinach, and lettuce. Compostis highly recommended. If using fertilizer, use slow-release.Windowsill gardening is another great way of growing plants in a limited place and ismost likely the easiest way to grow edible fruits. A windowsill garden should be placedon windowsill that receives six to eight hours of sunlight per day and should be small invariety. Herbs are the perfect example of such a plant. The plants should be fertilizedabout once every month and have a slow release plant food system before beingplanted. Note, herbs which are not overfed have more of a flavor when cultivated.