Get your green thumb ready because planting
season is approaching and it’s time to enjoy homegrown horticulture all summer
long! Healthy vegetables, flavorful herbs, and fruit can be yours with a little
light, love, and these apartment-friendly gardening tips.
Seed or Not to Seed?
That is the question.
Planting from seed is always going to be the
more challenging option, so if you’re the type of person who needs to know how
and why things work and enjoys seeing things through from start to finish, then
this might be the method for you. Keep in mind that seeding, though
challenging, is going to be the more affordable option. You will see the fruits
(or vegetables) of your labor much more quickly if you elect to choose
pre-planted varieties from your local nursery.
Whichever method suits you, start small and
ask questions! Employees are generally very knowledgeable and passionate about
the plants and seeds that they carry and can tell you what will thrive in your
Your Light Right
Light is so important for apartment gardening.
Most flowering plants need 6-8 hours of direct sunshine to do well. A balcony
or patio is ideal, but you would be shocked at what you can grow on a simple
Don’t get that much light? There are also plenty
of indoor growing kits that can help you on your journey. Not every
plant loves artificial light, but click here
for some that do, and jot down your favorites.
Tools and Accessories
Once you assess your space and select your
plants, you’ll need a few tools to get started. Count the different varieties
you plan to grow and make sure your planters can house everything you’ve
If you’re seeding, you will need to carefully
read directions on seed packets or check out these tips for
Soil is super important when gardening in
apartments. Indoor fruits and vegetables need plenty of water in addition to
adequate drainage to promote healthy roots. Utilizing a well-draining, potting
soil mix (organic if available) for planting and repotting will get your plants
started on the right track.
A watering can will prove helpful in your
venture. Also consider purchasing a small planting shovel, a sturdy pair of
gardening gloves, and a roll of sheet plastic to prevent messes as you transfer
If this is all too much, don’t throw in the
towel just yet! Technology has come so far and many companies have perfected
and simplified the science of indoor gardening. The Williams Sonoma Click and Grow Smart Garden
is energy efficient and combines a container, LED lights, and easy to-grow
plants for your basic kitchen garden. The Lettuce Grow Farmstand is a
12-36-plant, self-contained, self-fertilizing growing system for even the
Gardeners rejoice! Chic and functional patio
floor plans are available at the highly sought after Fox Ridge Apartments.
Located in Longmont, Colorado, the perfect summer climate will have your plants
thriving in the sun while you also enjoy the benefits of vitamin D at a nearby
walking trail, farmer’s market, or while taking in the lively entertainment downtown Longmont has to offer. Contact us
today for more information.
Meta: Summertime is the best time to enjoy
healthy and homegrown vegetables, herbs, and fruits. Check out these apartment
gardening tips for success!