9 Ways To Have a Garden in an Apartment
If you live in an apartment, you can still exercise your green thumb. With a little creativity, you and your apartment garden will thrive.
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Grow Herbs Indoors
If you’ve got a south-facing window, you can grow herbs indoors. If the ledge isn’t wide enough to hold pots, build a hanging herb garden that can easily be disassembled when you move.
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Grow Outdoor Flowers as Houseplants
If traditional houseplants don’t interest you, consider flowering plants generally grown outdoor. These include geraniums, impatiens and begonias.
If you have a balcony or patio, give these plants a summer outdoors, then bring them inside to enjoy through the colder months. Or you could keep them inside year-round. For the latter, make sure they get plenty of light from a bright window, or purchase full-spectrum LED light bulbs to provide supplemental light. Use a timer to turn the lights on and off.
Set Up a Hydroponic Garden
Depending on your space, you could set up a hydroponic garden in your apartment. Hydroponic systems grow plants in circulating water, not soil. Sizes range from the table-top-sized Aerogardens to larger setups, like the Rise Personal Indoor Garden.
Most hydroponic kits also include grow lights. Specialized seed pods making it easy for beginners to grow food indoors.
Plant a Terrarium
Planting a terrarium lets you grow plants and design a miniature landscape. Choose a style that fits your apartment decor, with plants ranging from succulents to tropicals. Or turn your terrarium into a fairy garden kids will enjoy. Terrariums often require less care than houseplants in containers.
Set Up a Balcony or Patio Container Garden
If you’re fortunate enough to have a balcony or patio outside your apartment, you could grow plants outside in containers. Check your lease first to see if there are any restrictions on what you can put there. On a balcony, make sure the containers can’t be easily knocked off, and be mindful of where the water drains.
Build an Indoor Greenhouse
Yes, you can install a small indoor greenhouse in an apartment. Some are small enough to fit on a tabletop, or freestanding with shelves.
An indoor greenhouse lets you grow plants that require more humidity and light than typically available in an apartment. You can also start seeds indoors and transplant them later to an outdoor container garden. You could even make an indoor greenhouse if you’ve got the time, skills and imagination.
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Set Up a Low-Maintenance Plant Corner
If you’re often away, choose low-maintenance houseplants that don’t require weekly watering. These include many types of cacti and succulents, as well as snake plants. Putting these together in one corner gives you a green oasis to enjoy. Plus, if you do need someone to water your plants while you’re gone, grouping them together makes that task easier.
With a little counter space and a grow light, you can quickly grow microgreens, even in an apartment kitchen. Microgreens are vegetable seedlings harvested just as the first set of true leaves begin to form. Add them to salads, soups and stews.
Try growing them in small containers so you don’t have too much to eat at one time. Sow new containers every week or so for a continuous supply.
Turn Your Bathroom Into a Plant Haven
Even in an apartment, the most humid room is usually a bathroom with a shower. That makes it a great place to grow plants.
Your choices will depend on available light, whether from a window or supplemental, and available room. If there isn’t enough counter space, you could go with floor plants, or install hooks to hang some from the ceiling. Check your lease and apartment rules before you start drilling holes.
Rent a Garden Plot in a Community Garden
If you’ve maxed out your space for plants and still want more, look for a nearby community garden.
Some are divided into plots you can rent to grow your own garden. Others are set up as one big garden, and volunteers help as needed for a share of the harvest. Consider working with others to start a community garden if there isn’t one near you.