How To Start A Vegetable Garden On Your Apartment’s Balcony
Just because you live in an apartment and don’t have your own yard doesn’t mean you can’t start a vegetable garden.
In fact, it’s quite the craze right now. Look just about anywhere on the internet and you’ll find guides, how-tos and tips on growing vegetables and fruit in small places. I mean, this blog post is on the internet, right?
But you may be sceptical – I mean, c’mon, how much can you actually grow on a small balcony or patio? Maybe some kitchen herbs or a tomato plant?
Well, it depends on your setup and what you’re growing, but you can grow enough to keep you in fresh herbs, tomatoes, peppers and more all season long.
Not only will you be eating produce that you know for a fact is organic, it’s a great hobby that doesn’t require much work for the benefits.
So we’re going to give you the basics on starting your garden setup then send you on your way with all the resources to get you from planting to harvest.
Let’s get started.
First, Claim Your Space
Ok, the title of this piece implies a balcony garden, but that includes a patio. Even if you don’t have either of these amenities, you can grow a small-space garden indoors if you have a spot that gets a decent amount of sun.
After you’ve decided on your spot, check the sun.
How much sun does your spot get? For most fruits and veggies you’re going to need at least 6+ hours of direct sunlight for a healthy harvest.
So spend some time one day while at home and check on the spot from time to time to see what kind of sun it’s getting. A good idea is to use a compass to get an idea of the sun’s overhead path.
If you’re not getting that much sun, only partial or even shaded, you can choose plants that do well in the shade – there’s plenty of them (there will be a link down below).
After you’ve done this, measure the Length and Width of your spot so you’ll know how much space you're working with. You don’t want to buy pots or planters that are too big. You also need to leave some room for you to work.
You also need to take into account any wall space or rails. Both of these can be used to expand available gardening space.
Second, Choose Your Setup
The easiest and most productive setup for small space gardening (outdoor or indoor) is a container garden – which is just another way to describe growing plants in pots or raised beds.
No matter what kind of pot you go with, the most important thing is to buy the right size for what you want to grow. Here’s a guide to pot sizing. Just make sure not to get anything that’ll be too heavy or bulky for you to move – one more reason fabric pots are so popular.
But with small spaces, you need to take it a step further by thinking in 3-D and you can do that with vertical gardens. You can either hang it from the wall, use stands or stack pots. Here’s some tips to help out with ideas.
Third, Choose Your Crop
This is by far the best part – deciding what to grow. Of course it’s going to hinge on your local climate and how much sun you get, but you’re going to have lots of options.
For those who are going to grow indoors here’s a list for you too.
These three easy steps will help you get your garden started. To take you the rest of the way, here’s a list of resources for nearly everything you’ll need.
- Choosing The Right Soil
- Seeds Or Seedlings?
- Growing Vegetables In Pots
- Container Vegetable Gardening 101
- Ultimate Guide To Indoor Vegetable Gardens
- Container And Small Space Gardening
- Small Space Gardening Tips for Apartment Dwellers + Urbanites
- How To Grow A Salsa Garden
All you need now is a little patience, TLC and luck and in no time you’ll be harvesting the fruit of your labors.
A contemporary, luxurious apartment at Regency at First Colony in Sugar Land, TX is the perfect place to start your garden. We offer thoughtful, spacious floor plans, premium amenities, beautiful scenery and a prime location.