Anyone who has a garden or an indoor oasis will tell you about the benefits of having plants at home. A demanding work schedule and a cozy condominium space, however, presents challenges to keeping a pot or two alive. City living does not leave much room for gardening, but that does not mean you can’t.
Growing an herb and vegetable garden is ideal because it will not take much space and will save you money in the long run, one snip at a time. Your little chunk of outdoor space will be your own kitchen garden that keeps on giving and replenishing – a little will go a long way when it comes to growing your own food.
Here are some tips to get started:
Pick the right spot.
Assess your sunlight situation. A balcony is your best option, especially for condo dwellers. If possible and allowed by your property developer, you can also utilize your walls for vertical gardening.
Pick the right container.
Select the largest sized containers that your space can accommodate as this will require less watering. Most plants require at least six inches of potting soil, but root crops like carrots need deeper containers. Make sure your pots have drainage holes.
Pick the right plants.
Basil is a resilient plant which will show right away if you are not watering it enough by looking wilted but will bounce right back after getting watered. Just remember to cut off the top of the basil plant instead of snipping the lower leaves.
Chives go well as garnish to almost any dish, and produce beautiful purple flowers which are edible too and can be use as for soups or sauces.
Tomatoes, which are good anti-oxidants, are low-maintenance plants that require only regular watering and sunlight.
Mint and rosemary can be planted in pots and need to be placed in an area with plenty of sunlight. They are fragrant, fast-growing and a great addition to recipes.
Carrots need a box of about eight inches deep and with holes for drainage. They require very minimal attention and are very hardy.
Scallions are one of those plants that you can buy once and never again. Chop of the green top for your dish, and save the rest in a small cup of water and place in a sunny window sill. New edible greens will grow in a couple of days.
Potatoes can grow in a container, too. Water the plants twice a day as you need to keep the soil moist, but be careful not to leave it overly wet.
Greens like spinach, arugula and lettuce work the same way as herbs. They will keep growing new leaves and you can harvest repeatedly for the freshest salad.
Microgreens are easy to care for as well. Keep them in a shallow container and place them in a sunny spot in your condominium.
Mushroom can be grown from virtually anywhere in your apartment – you just need a little space. Oyster and button mushrooms are the easiest to grow, and you will be ready to harvest in only a month.
Now all you have to do is plant, and eat what you grow.