One of the most challenging aspects of living in a city or apartment complex is the lack of outdoor space available to plant gardens. But if you believe gardens can only be grown outside, then this article should show you otherwise. Although nothing beats the great outdoors, you can grow a fairly broad amount of plants in your own living quarters.
Urban gardening is also cost effective, so if you aren’t doing it for a hobby, do it for your wallet. Having a supply of fresh vegetables in your home saves the gas money it takes to get you to and from the store, and it spares you the grocery store mark up prices. Also, urban gardening is eco-friendly and reduces your carbon footprint. It requires a great amount of energy to produce, package and ship food thousands of miles away. Here are a few basic items you will need and recommendations I have to get you started on your indoor gardening project.
The biggest problem with indoor gardening is the lack of sunlight, and many plants require generous amounts of sunlight to survive and produce tasty foods. Make sure you know how much sun your plants require before buying them, and have an area in mind of where to put them inside. If you don’t have a sunny window ledge and your plants require extensive sunlight, you may want to consider buying a lamp made specifically for plants.
Container gardening, or using pots or containers for your plants, is most likely the easiest and most practical solution for indoor gardening. These containers can most likely be picked up along with the rest of your gardening supplies. Just make sure the pot is deep enough for the adult plant’s roots and that it has drain holes so you do not drown your plant.
Spices are a great place to start when looking for plants to add to your indoor garden. What may just look like a simple office plant can be quite useful in the kitchen, and they are not as noticeably awkward in your living room. Many spices grow quite nicely indoors including mint, oregano, parsley, basil and thyme. Growing spices indoors gives you easy access to fresh spices to use for cooking, salads and other foods. Not to mention they give your living space a great fresh smell.
Following spices, vegetables and fruits are a step up on the difficulty scale. Many have to be eaten within a specific period of time, and some like tomatoes require wired support. Talk with someone at the store to make sure you have the right equipment necessary for the specific plant you would like to grow.
Lastly, always ask for help or do research if you are uncertain about anything, it really can’t hurt to double check. Best of luck on your gardening project!