Limited without a yard or patio, many fret the idea of not being able to grow a beautiful garden. While growing plants in an apartment may seem like an impossible task, there are actually plenty of fresh fruits, vegetables, and herbs that can thrive – no backyard required! To help you ease into making your apartment lusher, we have put together some tips for gardening indoors.
As with any new hobby, diving in head first may seem tempting, but we suggest starting small to eliminate any possible disappointment. Some plants are harder to grow than others and overwhelming yourself with too many species may become a nuisance. Before attempting fruits and other edible plants, test your skills with common houseplants first. Devil’s Ivy, Spider plants, Jade and various succulents are excellent choices for beginner gardeners.
Utilize Natural Light
The best place to start when gardening in an apartment is by the window. Make as much use of natural light by positioning your plants where they can receive adequate sunlight. Recommended for plants grown indoors, an average of 6-8 hours of sunlight is all you need. Providing too much sun can dehydrate your plants while not enough light can allow fungus and bacteria to form. Do your research before choosing your plants and try to pick species that fit your environment.
Countertop hydroponic systems are all the rage. Equipped with everything you need to begin germinating your seedlings, hydroponic systems allow your plants to constantly grow despite what is going on outside. Begin by soaking your seeds in the absorbent starter plugs and place them by the window. Once your seedlings begin sprouting, replant them in your hydroponic system. A timer connected to a UV bulb will allow you to give your plants as much or as little light as desired. This process typically takes as long as gardening outdoors does but allows for more “in-sync” growth.
Reduce & Reuse
Instead of scraping your next cherry or avocado pit, push three or four toothpicks into the base and suspend it in a glass of water with the pointed side up. Place the glass on a warm windowsill and leave it to germinate. Refilling the water when needed, in about 3 to 4 weeks the pit will be ready for planting. Place the rooted seed in a pot big enough for your new avocado tree to grow and water as needed. Before you know it, your favorite fruits will be blooming in your kitchen!
Companion planting is the science (and art) of planting complementary types of plants in the same bed. The goal is to create a harmonious garden by allowing plants that benefit each other to grow within closer proximities. Some examples of successful pairs include celery and tomatoes, eggplant and peppers, peas and carrots, and asparagus and tomatoes. Test out combinations of your favorite fruits and vegetables to have a planter worth eating.
Commonly found in any greenhouse or produce section, herbs are a great addition to any indoor garden. Low maintenance and useful for cooking, herbs such as basil, thyme, sage, chives, rosemary and mint are ideal for an apartment. Place any of these on a window sill and water as needed; in no time your kitchen will be stocked with fresh seasonings and a beautiful planter.
Luxury Apartments for Rent in Mt. Arlington, NJ
Achieving a great garden does not require a backyard. Using these simple tips, test out your green thumb and add some beautiful plants to your apartment at Woodmont West. We offer our residents abundant counter space and spacious windows for natural sunlight. If you want to keep your window space or balcony neat and tidy for other activities, Woodmont West also offers residents the opportunity to garden in the community garden to bring some collaborative beauty to Mt. Arlington! To learn more about the amenities and floor plans of Woodmont West, contact us for all of the information you’ll need!