Most people think that gardening is only for those who have a lot of space and time. But the truth is, with a few simple tricks, planting and taking care of a small vegetable garden can be for everyone who has a little bit of space and time on their hands.
If you live in a small apartment, there are a few things you should consider before starting your own vegetable garden. First of all, you should decide where you want to start the garden. Vegetables need a lot of natural light so be sure you pick a place that has access to sunlight. Second of all, you have to think about the vegetables and herbs you want to plant and how much space they need. And lastly, you have to choose the best planters and pots that are not only suited for your small apartment but also for the type of vegetables you want to plant.
Besides these general tips, I have three suggestions that might come in handy before you start gardening:
1. Vertical Arrangements
As you can see in the examples on hometipsor.com, when your apartment is small, you do not have a lot of space for horizontal arrangements that occupy a lot of space and that is why you should look for the best way to arrange your small garden vertically. There are many vertical planters you can choose from and some of them can be used for vegetables while other are more suited for herbs. Based on the space you have in your apartment or balcony, you can think of the best way to use vertical planters.
2. Inside Gardening
If your small apartment does not have a balcony or an outdoor space you can use for a vegetable garden, you can use any available indoor space that has access to direct sunlight. You can install planters near the windows to get the best light possible for the plants and you can benefit from the advantages of having fresh vegetables and herbs in your own house. Of course, you cannot grow large plants indoors, but you can plant some herbs, tomatoes, peppers and lettuce. Your window garden should provide enough vegetables to make a fresh salad from time to time.
3. Raised Gardening
Raised gardening is probably the best way to grow veggies and herbs in small pots. There are also a lot of benefits that come with raised gardening, such as good soil drainage, pest barrier and soil compaction prevention.
For small spaces, the best type of raised gardening is square foot gardening. The idea behind this type of gardening is pretty simple: you have to construct or purchase raised beds, fill them with soil and then plant the vegetables and herbs. However, a square foot garden can be pretty expensive so you can always opt for a container gardening. The idea is basically the same but instead of raised beds you can use containers and wine crates. Raised gardening also gives you the possibility to move the containers around to make sure your garden gets the best sunlight.
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