Gardening is a hobby that captures the interests of billions of people every year. In fact, life as we know it still lies in the hands of farmers; there simply isn't a substitute for planted food. Gardening is not only around for sustaining the Earth's population; it is done for pure enjoyment. From pots to plots, gardens can be created in any living environment.
Long-time tenants living in apartments are aware of their abundant, absurd restrictions, from pet ownership to home improvements. Though there is much you'll have to give up when moving from a house to an apartment, gardening is thankfully not one of those such things. Whether you live on the bottom, ground-level of your apartment building, or all the way up on the penthouse level, gardening is still a viable hobby. Continue reading for useful apartment gardening tips.
Gardening For Ground-Level Apartments
If you live in an apartment on the ground level of your building, you are in luck! For the avid gardener, a ground-level apartment will offer the greatest amount of land to utilize for your gardening needs. Not only do you have an entire patio for potted plants and storing gardening supplies, but you will have a little bit of land in front of (and if you live in a corner apartment, on the side of) your apartment for small plants.
Before digging up land that has pre-existing landscaping or grass present, verify with your landlord that it is alright to use this land. In my 7 years of apartment gardening, I have not been troubled at all by management officials. In fact, my complex's head landscaper began a block-wide landscaping project inspired by my hard work. How cool is that?
Anyways, once you have the all-clear to break ground on your small apartment garden, take the time to plan what exactly you are trying to accomplish. Do you want to raise strictly flowers, or would you like to take a spin at growing yourself a pantry of vegetables and spices? Take a day to study the path of sunlight, to determine whether you can grow plants that require mostly sunny or mostly shady spots.
Once you have planned out how to utilize your small space, the rest of the process is straightforward. Be sure not to expand your garden too large, and I advise not to use sprinklers (your landlord may not look too lightly upon this). Keep your yard clean, because the landscaping team hired to mow the grass and trim hedges will not be aware of any tools or plants you leave out in the open.
Gardening For Upper-Level Apartments
By living at a greater vertical height, you'll be sacrificing the valuable yard space that ground-level tenants can utilize for gardening. This sacrifice also comes at an advantage to you; you do not need to worry about angering your apartment's management, or getting in the way of the landscaping team.
Living on top of the world comes with its challenges. You will again have to study the daily sunlight patterns, which may be heavily shadowed by decks directly above you. Wind speeds at greater heights will also be a nuisance. Ensure that all of your pots are weighted down, which shouldn't be a problem if they're ceramic. Flower boxes need to be secured to your railings. You sure do not want to be blamed for injuring another tenant when a flower pot falls onto them.
Other than the subtracted space, and added challenges, an upper-level apartment garden is still a viable option for hobbyists. Watering will be easy; fill up a can in your kitchen sink, walk a few steps to your deck, and soak each of the pots. You will not have to fear your vegetables being eaten by critters passing by, or being stolen by hungry neighbors.
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