Couldn't have agreed better with Hanna Rion. Gardens breathe life into a home, making it lively, green, and fresh. The myriad colors of flowers painted with the lush foliage gives a rich look and feel to a home. And who doesn't like to have a garden?
So, if you have got a new home or an apartment for yourself and are wondering on how to set up your own garden, no worries. These paragraphs will help you go about this task like an expert.
Instructions to Grow a Garden in an Apartment
Lou Erickson says, "Gardening requires lots of water, most of it in the form of perspiration..". So get ready to sweat it out for the beautiful garden that you are going to grow in your apartment. Here are some small garden ideas which can be tried out.
As this space may be shared among other tenants, consult the concerned people and mark your space for gardening activity. Gather the shared costs and labor for the garden access. A very important point to consider here is the amount of sunlight that is accessible in the area you have marked. Plants need the perfect blend of sunlight and shade to flourish.
Decide on Type of Garden
Now, you have a choice here, whether you want a vegetable garden, or a flower garden or a combination of both. Because different plants grow in different climatic conditions. Corn needs a lot of space and is not recommended to be grown in small lots.
Setting up the Vegetable Garden
Now the last thing in setting up your garden will be taking some advice from a local nursery who will guide you best on whether to choose seeds or potted plants for making a vegetable garden. If the space is limited, try potted plants, which is a better alternative.
Growing vines (like Wisteria) is a very good idea for patio and backyard based apartments, and are versatile plants which take little space, liven up the look and also fetch you some tasty fruits (of course, it depends on the choice of vine). For a container gardening, take any used containers/pots and make small holes at the bottom to help in soil drainage.
One can also fill in with some rocks and perlite mixture. Plant your vegetables in these containers and keep it in such a location of the garden space, that it receives at least 5 hours of sunlight every day. Potted plants need more frequent fertilization.
Use organic fertilizers (like kelp based fertilizers) once a fortnight and you will have the choice of picking up your yummy vegetables for lunch! Tomatoes, cucumbers, and beans will need trellises or poles for a proper growth. Vegetables like eggplants, bell pepper, salad greens, herbs, cauliflowers, Brussels sprouts and carrots can grow in containers.
Decorating with a Flower Garden
And then there are flowers which can spice up your little garden by adding the charm factor to it. After all, a garden remains incomplete without flowers. And flower gardening is no rocket science.
Most flowers can be grown in pots, by means of softwood cuttings and stem grafting techniques. But when you go for a flower garden, make sure that there is enough sunshine as sunlight is essential for sustaining plants. But before going for this idea, study about the different types of flowers that can grow in your region.
Some of the container gardening plants that can be grown in apartments are:
- Sugar baby watermelon
- Small potatoes (Use trough type planting beds)
- Broccoli and cauliflower
- Peppers, herbs and spices
Also go through this list of the flowering house plants that can be grown in apartments.
- Maidenhair Ferns
- Swedish Ivy
- Moss Terrarium
- Blazing Star
Instructions for Indoor Gardening
Growing a garden indoors can be absolute fun. And cultivating a herb garden is the best indoor gardening means. The perfect spaces in your home for growing such mini gardens are your windowsills, where there will be fresh sunlight for the herbs to sustain.
The only concern to be heeded to is temperature and humidity levels within the home. During winters, the temperature is cold and the atmosphere is dry with low levels of humidity. Misting at regular intervals and placing the potted herb in a tray of pebbles and water, will help in keeping the herbs hydrated.
To avoid any pest invasion, swish the plant around occasionally with soap water to drive indoor plant bugs away. Although herbs take their own sweet time to grow indoors, they do flourish well with proper care.
After all, herbs are such versatile members of the plant kingdom, which not only help on the culinary front, but also on medical grounds. One can also house beautiful indoor plants, which act as indoor air purifiers. Some of them are as listed ahead:
- Angel Ivy Ring Topiary
- Chamaedorea Palm
- Chinese Evergreen
- Ponytail Palm
- Tropical Cambo Bonsai
- Cactus Combo Bonsai
- Herb Topiaries(like lavender, rosemary and serissa)
- Braided Fiscus Tree
- Peace Lilies
- Bee Balm
- African Violets
Most of this activity is centric around growing a garden in pots, which you might have realized by now. So go ahead, liven up your apartment with a little farm that gives you the tastiest vegetables, fruits, and herbs for your lunch and dinner, and also comes across as a natural aromatherapy for you, with the various flowers emitting a soothing fragrance!
"Gardening is about enjoying the smell of things growing in the soil, getting dirty without feeling guilty, and generally taking the time to soak up a little peace and serenity..."―Lindley Karstens