With the busy pace of our today’s world, few can allow themselves the luxury of living farther away from the city, in a house with a back yard which serves as an organic vegetable garden. The reality is that most often people find themselves in small apartments with little to no possibility of growing something of their own. However, if there is an issue, there must be a solution! And indeed, for all those looking to lead a healthy lifestyle, knowing very well what you eat is about the most important aspect. So what alternatives to a large garden do you have if you live in an apartment?
Of course, if you live in a place where the temperature oftentimes drops below zero and the wind could blow off the roof, a cute vegetable garden in your balcony isn’t exactly an option. However, if you happen to live where the summer lasts year-round or at least somewhere with a few occasional sunrays and moderately high temperature, you’re in luck. Your food preferences combined with the amount of sun your balcony gets amount to the range from which you can choose your veggies (yes, mostly veggies, since fruit are most often a lot more demanding and usually impossible to grow successfully considering the modest conditions home offers).
Do your research before you go shopping, but don’t forget that seed packets offer a lot of useful information when it comes to taking care of the plants. For instance, if your balcony is in the shade or you simply do not get much sunlight, choose plants that do not require a lot of light, such as lettuce, kale, or chard. The vast majority of fruiting plants need five to eight hours of sunlight a day, so consider whether you will be able to accommodate that before you choose to start growing tomatoes or cucumbers. Also make sure you pick the containers appropriately; plans like lettuce or peppers have shallow roots so there is no need for them to sit in a deep pot. Tomatoes, on the other hand, have a huge root system, so be prepared to plant them in a pot with capacity of at least 20 liters.
One last tip – if you decide to use whatever you can find around the house as your plant containers instead of buying them, it’s all fine, but make sure you have drainage holes. If your plants start collecting excess water in the soil, their roots will rot, and they will die in no time.
If you were less lucky with the balcony or the outside temperature situation, there are still some things you can consider. One of the most appealing options not only for those who like to eat organic but also those who love greenery at home is a windowsill garden. It will not allow for a great variety of vegetables, but you can choose an alternative option and grow some herbs instead. Small pots with mint, parsley, oregano or basil among many others will ensure that your room smells nice, looks lively and that you always have something fresh to garnish your meals with.