Summertime Apartment Gardening Tips

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.

To 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 particular region.

Get 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 window sill.

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.

Bins, 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 chosen. 

If you’re seeding, you will need to carefully read directions on seed packets or check out these tips for success.

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 pots.


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 smallest areas.

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.

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