Tuesday, May 28, 2019 by Zoey Sky
Living in the city doesn’t mean you can’t start your own garden. If you’re living in an apartment, you can cultivate fruits, herbs, and vegetables that can thrive in pots right in your balcony or patio. (h/t to ThePrepperJournal.com)
Before you start planting, confirm that your apartment building or condo allows residents to start gardening.
By growing your own produce, you can have access to fresh, organic fruits and vegetables that are free of any harmful chemicals. Follow the tips below to start your urban garden.
Check the direction your balcony or patio is facing.
If your balcony or patio is facing south, you will have limited shade. To address this, you can install an awning to shade your plants in the afternoon. If you don’t want to set up an awning, plant sun-loving vegetables in your garden. (Related: How to start an indoor garden in your apartment.)
Balconies and patios that face north will get more wind and moisture.
Sketch your plan for your garden.
Draw up a plan for your garden, then decide where you’ll place certain plants based on the space they need and whether they grow out or up. Leave enough room so you can tend the plants.
Finalize your budget and get basic gardening tools.
You don’t need to splurge to set up a garden in your balcony or patio. You can start with the following basic items:
Not all vegetables need to planted in a large plot of land. The vegetables in the list below will grow well in your patio, and they’re easy to grow and preserve.
If you’re not sure what kind of vegetables can grow in your area, check with other local gardeners or do your research online.
Below are some nutritious fruits that you can also grow in a balcony or patio garden.
With a bit of planning, you can start a garden right in your balcony or patio. Be creative and make the most out of the space in your home so you can always have clean, organic fruits and vegetables.