Growing your own vegetables is a great way to kick start a more sustainable lifestyle. Luckily, you don’t need a huge yard or plot of land. A sunny window or apartment balcony will do just fine. Apartment farming is a great way to encourage healthy eating, save money, and know exactly where your food is coming from.
There are a number of plants that are easy to grow at home and produce delicious results. Tomatoes are relatively easy to grow in a pot. You can buy a hanging tomato planter or keep them in their pot to grow vertically. Just make sure to set up a support frame to keep the plant from tipping over. Tomatoes need lots of sunlight and may require fertilizer to grow properly, according to The Spruce.
Lettuce is also easy to grow in a small container. It grows best in cooler environments, according to Gardening Know How, and requires plenty of moisture but not overwatering. Plant different types of lettuce together in the same pot with a few inches of space between plantings.
Use green onions you’ve already purchased from a store and grow them all over again. According to an article from Co-op, their bulbs, the denser white part with roots, can be replanted and will quickly grow again. Like tomatoes, green onions require 6-7 hours of sunlight.
There are also many kinds of pots available, but according to Modern Farmer, soil is a more important factor than whether you have a terracotta pot or a plastic one. Since the soil is contained in a pot and not a larger ecosystem, it can quickly become depleted of nutrients. Fertilizers are effective for a season, but chemical ones can reduce soil’s long-term effectiveness. If you want to reuse your soil, the best option is to find a high-quality compost.
Different Needs for Different Plants
If you’re ready to get started with apartment farming, there are lots of resources out there to help you find what plants are right for your skill level, climate, and home. Each plant will need different amounts of sunlight, water, temperature, and soil to grow properly. For information on common mistakes to avoid when starting a home garden, check out our blog. Make sure you do your research and care for your plants to get the best results.
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