A common misconception among a lot of people is that you can’t garden at all if you happen to live in an apartment. With limited space and shared spaces with others, there’s always the chance that another person will sabotage your efforts. Maybe you’ll have a balcony, maybe you won’t. Reasons like these cause a lot of people to hesitate living in an apartment. But, in reality, there are many possibilities for having a nice garden to take care of and nurture, even in an apartment. In this article we are going to teach you how to garden in an apartment, or in a very limited living space.
You will have to watch out for your pets. You are going to have to be creative coming up with a way to protect your plants and containers from your pets or they may ruin all your hard work. Dogs and cats are attracted to any type of container that contains soil and love to dig around and disrupt the plants. Pets are also playful and can easily knock over one, or several, of your plants. Gardening containers and plants are great sources of curiosity and entertainment to your pets, so keep a close watch. One suggestion is to buy those accordion gates that people use to protect their kids and use them to keep your pets away from your plants. Obviously this might be easier said than done in a small apartment but if you are careful, you can do it. Also, it’s not mandatory to spend large sums of money on fancy, expensive pots and containers. Containers are containers. Concentrate your spending on life’s necessities – food, rent, utilities, and your automobile. If you keep your eyes open, you can find a lot of different types of containers on sale. Check out places like Goodwill or Salvation Army. Even the Dollar Stores have nice containers. With the money you save on containers, you can invest in organic or old-fashioned seeds that haven’t been “engineered” or maybe that special flower plant you’ve always loved.
There is a procedure called “square foot gardening” and it would be to your best interest to learn as much about it as you can. Composting is the secret of the success of this type of organic gardening. This is a good strategy for a couple of reasons. The first advantage is that you stand a better chance of successfully growing an organic garden in a limited area. With a small compost tumbler or kitchen compost system (Bokashi) you can make, and use, your own compost from your kitchen scraps. There are small compost systems, even compost tumblers, that can be put on a patio or balcony. The smallest one you can find will be perfect because you really won’t need a lot of compost. Furthermore, by composting, you will have less kitchen refuse to carry to the trash and you will be supporting our environment.
There are all sorts of things that you can do when you want to grow a garden but are stuck with the limitations that come from having to live in an apartment. There are lots of different gardening methods and schools of thought that were developed around the very idea of not having a whole lot of space for planting and tending to what you plant. Dedicate enough time to learn about gardening in small spaces, follow the tips we’ve given you here, and put your creative genius to work and you will have a successful garden to be proud of.
Do you want to have a garden, but don’t know where to start? A good, easy to maintain choice would to be to plant an herb garden. There are many different ways to grow herbs, and the rewards are great. Just think about all those fresh herbs you can use when you cook! Putting in an herb garden is easy, especially if you pay attention to the tips we’ve outlined for you in this brief report.
Herbs are a great choice also because many of them are perennials. What this means is that they can be planted once and they will reappear each season without having to be replanted. If you plant the perennials oregano and marjoram, you have the flavorings for a great pot of spaghetti sauce! For a first time herb gardener, the perennial herbs are a good way to start. These plants tend to be hardy, and there isn’t as much maintenance required. Annual herbs are the other choice you have. These herbs don’t last for more than one season. You must reseed them again at the beginning of the next season. Basil is one of the most popular annual herbs because it can be used so many ways. There are several varieties of basil and you may want to try them all to find your favorites. You can successfully grow both annuals and perennials. Just make a note of which plants fall into which category so you can plant them accordingly.
People more than a thousand years ago were using herbs as a way to get healing or for other medicinal purposes. Every part of the world has different herbs that are known to have various benefits. There is much information about herbalism online and also a great deal in books. Many remedies can come from common herbs, which are made into tinctures and healing teas.
An example of an herb that works as a powerful tonic for the liver is dandelion, considered to be a weed by a lot of people who don’t know much. A couple of herbs that can help you, are burdock, which purifies blood and chamomile, which has qualities for calming. Getting rid of pests must be done by natural ways and not pesticides, when medicinal purposes are the reason for growing herbs.
Consider the many perks you will receive by growing your own herb garden in case you still haven’t decided whether or not it interests you. Of all the different types of gardens you can have – flower and vegetable, for example – you will soon be delighted to realize that herb gardens are the simplest to grow and maintain. Herbal teas are among the benefits of growing your own herbs and they can be good for your health. In addition, herbs are very fragrant and can add just the right touch of spice to your cooking. The good news is that herbs are quite easy to grow when you only have a small plot of ground available. Many herbs also have natural defenses against pests, which means there’s less need to worry about spraying them. Once you get comfortable with growing herbs, you’ll find that it’s quite enjoyable and also saves you money as you’ll have many convenient items growing at home that you don’t need to buy.
There is really no reason not to start your herb garden! We’ve given you some tips to help you along the way and you can easily see for yourself the benefits you will derive from having your own fresh herbs to harvest. No matter what method you choose to start your herb garden – a pre-seeded kit or sowing directly into your garden – you will find herb gardening a simple pleasure and the herbs an added bonus to your culinary efforts.