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Apr 14, 2023

Gardening Tips for Your Apartment or Small Space

Just because you have a smaller living space, it doesn’t mean you should give up on gardening. Check out these tips for creating a mighty garden for your apartment or small home.

Place potted plants in areas with enough sun exposure

When gardening indoors, it can be difficult to simulate all the conditions of the outdoors. For this reason, it is important to keep your plants in areas that get enough sun coverage. Most garden vegetables thrive when given six to eight hours of sunlight every day. Different plants require different amounts of sun, so be sure to do your research and find the optimal position for your plants. You may choose to keep your plants on a balcony to ensure they get the sun coverage they need. If your balcony is also too shady, you could purchase a UV plant light. These lights simulate sunlight and can be bought online or in major hardware stores.

Make sure your plants get the right amount of water

Along with quality sun and soil, watering is one of the most important aspects of gardening. When gardening indoors, giving your plants the correct amount of water is essential since they will not be exposed to rain. Depending on the size of your plant's container and the type of plant you are growing, the required amount of water will differ. Research the perfect amount of water to give your plant and make sure to stick to your schedule.

Use plant hangers

If you want to grow individual plants, but do not have enough space on your floor or countertop, you may choose to purchase plant hangers. Plant hangers allow you to suspend your potted plants from the ceiling or from an overhead beam, freeing up the space where the plant would traditionally be placed. Most plant hangers can be hung either indoors and outdoors, as long as they are in a spot that gets enough sun. If you have access to a balcony, you may want to hang your plants on it so they get fresh air and sun. Whether you plan to hang your plants indoors or outdoors, take precaution to ensure the hangers will not fall from above and injure someone.

Ask your landlord if you can start a communal garden on the apartment's property

If your apartment doesn't have the right amount of space for the grandiose garden you have been imagining, you may opt to ask your landlord if you are allowed to start one elsewhere on the property. Some apartments come with access to a backyard or outdoor courtyard that is open to residents. With your landlord's permission, you may be able to organize a larger and more traditional garden and share the space and crops with your neighbors. This is a good way to organize the garden of your dreams, while creating a sense of community in your building.

Living in a smaller space should not keep you from growing a hearty garden. These tips will help you to get started so you can sit back, watch the plants grow and eventually enjoy the crops they yield.