It’s nice outside, and like many of us, that means using your weekend to exercise that green thumb and get busy in the garden. But if you’re like our urban friends, that’s a challenge. Behold, the advent of the Apartment Garden! Turn your urban patio and even your windowsill into an outdoor surprise with just a few quick tricks.
Follow the Sun or Embrace the Shade
Where is the place in your place with the available sunlight? Find it and clear a bit of space. Then choose the types of annuals based on sunlight and the season. For example, cold hardy snapdragons bloom in fall, are quiet during winter and come alive again in spring. Begonias are a great summer annual that do not always require full sun. Choosing plants based on climate, season, sunlight, and adapt to where you live, means they will thrive and add some much-needed color to an apartment patio or sill.
Things Are Looking Up!
Maybe you just don’t have a patio space. No problem. Install a simple trellis or hanging pole. These space savers allow a garden that grows vertically instead of horizontally. Believe it or not, hanging poles is a great way to grow tomatoes. If patio space is limited or non-existent, fret not! Think like those original tiny house pioneers, the trailer park veterans, and install an extra wide window box! This bigger planter box —hung from a windowsill, or even a railing— makes a real statement as it brims over with colorful plantings that can’t be missed!
Contain Your Enthusiasm
Even with minimal room for large pots, you can place many smaller groupings of flowers, herbs, and vegetables in small containers. Turn an empty canning jar or a painted tomato can into a miniature space-saving container for your apartment garden. Just make sure the container is large enough so as not to constrain the root system. Also, multiple plants in the same container can compete for space, and inhibit growth. Don’t be intimidated by a lack of outdoor space, sunlight, or…well…anything! Get that creativity going along with the green thumb and enjoy the bounty of fresh veggies and the beauty of fresh flowers.