5 Tips to grow vegetables if you live in an apartment

Gardening on a balcony

Living in an apartment or condo has upsides and downsides. If you only have a small balcony and think growing vegetables is impossible, we have news for you! You can grow delicious veggies even in small spaces.

Here are 5 tips that will help you succeed:

Start small

Often, people tend to get too excited when planning their first veggie garden. Since you don't have much space, choose one or two easy-to-grow vegetables, such as carrots, tomatoes, lettuce, squash, radishes or cucumbers. Before making a decision, verify how much light your veggie garden will receive, as it will need at least 6 hours per day.

Arrange your balcony

When space is limited, we must use our imagination. Don't hesitate to raise your pots and containers to grow various plants. You can build your own raised garden bed so it fits the available space.

Many stores also offer plastic or wooden garden beds.

Choose the right pots

Go to your local garden centre to find your plastic pots. You will assuredly find some that suit your tastes and needs. Make sure to choose pots that have drainage holes, as those ensure the roots won't drown. Before planting, clean and sanitize your pots.

To determine how deep your pots should be, consider the height of the roots of the plants you want to grow. For example, tomatoes need a depth of about 40 to 50 cm, while lettuce only needs 15 to 20 cm.

Use the right soil

You will need a soil designed specifically for pots or planters. The soil tends to dry faster in that type of containers, and that's why it's important to choose a quality peat-based soil which will retain more moisture. For a container vegetable garden, watering should be moderate to avoid desiccation.

Buy the right equipment

As you will be growing vegetables in a small space, you won't need much equipment.

Here are a few tools you should have close at hand:

  • a shovel;
  • a watering can;
  • a cultivator;
  • waterproof gloves;
  • scissors;
  • pots or containers adapted to the plants you want to grow.

 

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