Friday, June 13, 2014
Think you don't have space for a garden just because you live in an apartment? Think again! By choosing plants that thrive in an indoor environment, you can have your own garden with zero outdoor space. Just follow Zillow's helpful tips.
Place your garden in a light-filled area or use HID, high intensity discharge, lights to grow your plants. If possible, locate your plants on a durable floor such as tile. If you have no choice but to put your garden on carpet or wood, make sure you protect your floors from water damage by putting down plastic or a tarp. Whatever you decide to grow, plant it in potting soil specifically designed for indoor plants.
Herbs are a great choice for indoor gardens. Just fill a pot with the right type of soil, plant your chosen herb seeds, and place in an area that is exposed to about six hours of sun a day. Tomatoes are also wonderful to grow indoors, especially cherry and grape tomatoes. You can even grow tomatoes upside down from the ceiling if you don't have a lot of extra space.
Salad greens are another tasty option for your apartment garden. They're easy to grow and are short-season crops, meaning you can continually harvest them by just planting a little more every couple of weeks. Make sure the soil your lettuce is in is moist but not soggy. Watering from the bottom using a watering tray every other day will work in most environments.
Another good plant to choose are radishes. Great for beginning gardeners because they are easy to grow, they can be put in nearly any pot that's at least a foot in diameter. You'll have radishes ready to enjoy in 3 weeks and can continue enjoying them by just planting more every week or two.
Finally, green beans can be grown indoors, but they do require at least six hours of sun a day. If you don't have that level of sun, grow lights can do the trick and you'll have tasty green beans to eat in a couple of months.