If you are like me, and live in an apartment building or condo, you may be wondering, how to garden in an apartment. Without a backyard it seems impossible right? Wrong! You can grow more than petunias on your balcony and consistently produce organic, fresh foods that will keep you and your family healthy during a crisis. If you have been reading my posts, I have written about canned foods and freeze dried foods, and by building your own garden in your apartment, you can have a fresh compliment of veggies and herbs to keep your meals interesting.
Backyard Not Required
Balconies, patios, terraces, whatever you want to call them, are generally code for “tiny outdoor space” and are sought after in urban living. Some balconies can be a small as 25 sq ft, but that shouldn’t stop you from growing a bountiful, nutrient rich vegetable garden. In fact, there are numerous products and DIY projects that can help you grow your own veggies year after year.
Traditionally we see large plots of land used to grow fresh food, but with a little research, you can purchase or build a garden that is very efficient while enjoying the beauty of mother nature. The trick is to find something that grows vertically!
Forget the Garbage Chute
Most of us dump our food waste down the garbage chute, but when gardening in an apartment, you can use make your own table scraps and provide great nutritious food for your plants to keep them growing healthy and strong and it’s great for the environment.
Reasons Why You Should Compost
- Your garbage is almost half organic product – you can reduce your garbage by 40% through composting
- Your plants will love it!
- It’s super easy to do
- Less garbage produced means less garbage trucks clogging up our city streets
- You can easily set up a composter on your balcony
What Can I Grow?
Pretty much anything! I recommend hearty veggies that grow well in your local climate and herbs to add variety to your meals.
You may want to consider:
These are just a few ideas to get you started, and you may want to play around with it a little until you find what works best for you. The best part is, flower boxes, planters or vertical gardens don’t take up much space and are relatively easy to care for. You can still enjoy your out door space and grow your own organic food. I reviewed a an awesome vertical gardening system which you can check out here.
Gardening in Your Apartment – What are the Benefits?
To start, you will save money in the long run, especially if you want to eat organic. With long term droughts, rising transportation costs and inflation, the cost of eating fresh organic foods is rising. I personally have paid 30-50% higher for organic items. Growing your own stuff will definitely save you money in the long run and you will never have to worry about what chemicals or pesticides you are feeding your family.
Convenience is also a great way to benefit from gardening on your balcony. You will have a fresh supply of veggies on hand when you need them! Ever start preparing a meal and realise that you forgot to pick up tomatoes, or fresh basil? How great would it be to simply walk a few feet to your balcony and pick it fresh for your meal? Pretty great!
Freshness! The way that our food supply is set up, many of us have access to fruits and vegetables that have traveled thousands of miles to make it our local grocery store. The food is picked well before its ripe, and shipped to us from all corners of the world and left to ripen on the truck or shipping container. Picked fresh for tonight’s dinner is going to tase a whole lot better.
You easily create a fully functional garden on your balcony or patio for less than $500, or you can DIY it and do it on the super cheap, either way, this is a great way to eat high quality food every day, or in an emergency. Even those of us with (myself included) with black thumbs can be a successful grower.
I’d love to hear what you are growing in your home! Share your gardening strategies below, and keep your eye out for reviews on vertical gardening!