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How to grow a garden in your apartment

Have you always dreamed of growing your own little herb, fruit or veggie garden at home, but think you don’t have the space to do it? Renting an apartment or living in a small space doesn’t have to dampen your green thumb vibe. No backyard? No problem! Little room? No big deal! You can create the mini garden of your dreams in even the smallest of spaces with these easy steps. Let’s dig in!

Step 1: Scope out a location

potted plants and flowers hanging from apartment balcony

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The key to any successful project is to make a game plan. In this case, start by considering all the location options in your home and decide where your little garden will live. Whether it’s the balcony, windowsill or even an empty wall – this article by Urban Organic Gardener gives you some ideas to get those wheels turning. 

Step 2: Choose your containers 

potted flowers outside on wooden ledge

Found a location or two to work with? Great! Now it’s time to make some decisions on the containers to use and how to display them. Maybe you have a long vertical wall and a wooden palette herb garden is in your future. Or perhaps you have just enough space on your balcony to construct tiny raised beds to lay your soil. There are so many options regardless of the space you have, so if you’re feeling overwhelmed and need a little green thumb guidance, check out these 5 small garden ideas to try from Apartment Therapy. One great option is a compact vegetable trug – they work wonders and don’t take up a ton of space. Or, just ask Pinterest for some ideas!

Step 3: Figure out what to grow 

ripe tomatoes, green beans, red peppers, carrots and a leak on table

And now the fun part: selecting the kind of plants you’ll want to grow. This one requires a bit of thought and research. For starters, you’ll want to ask yourself the following questions – and if you’ve made it through step 1 and 2, these answers should come easily.

   1. What’s the location I’m growing in?

   2. How much sunlight does that location get?

   3. What am I growing in?

According to the Urban Organic Gardener, once you’ve covered off those first three questions, you can follow-up with these:

   1. What do I use most?

   2. What do I like to eat?

   3. What makes the most sense, money-wise?

   4. What season is it?

Et voilà! You should now have a pretty good sense of what to grow. If you’re still stuck, check out this article by Organic Life that talks about 10 fruits and vegetables that can thrive in small spaces, or Mashable’s 15 edible plants you can grow in your apartment (like growing an avocado plant using just one pit – say whaaat?).

Step 4: Get planting!

young kid outside planting plants in pots wearing dog sweater

Congrats! You’ve made it this far. Now all you have to do is purchase your selection of seeds or plants from your local nursery or garden centre, grab some good quality soil and get planting. Oh, and don’t forget to give your little seedlings lots of TLC and watch them grow. 

Don’t be surprised if you’ve found yourself a new obsession. Happy apartment gardening!