Living in an apartment doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy having your own personal garden and fresh produce. Many apartments have balconies or small back porches that offer plenty of space for the urban gardener.
Often when people think of gardens they think of sprawling green and planter beds. Those of us that live in apartments don’t have this space available we need to rethink how a garden looks, mainly vertical gardening instead of horizontal.
Use porch railings to place plants on. Make sure the planter boxes won’t be in danger of being knocked down by those walking by, or in strong winds. Planters can be attached to both the inside and outside of railings for more growing room the box won’t be knocked into by passerbyers.
Shelf style planters can help maximize space. Many styles of shelving can work though make sure that it sturdy enough to support your plants and is designed for outside use. Definitely make sure to use a drip catcher so the higher up plants aren’t constantly dripping on those plants located on the lower shelves.
Hanging planters are also great. They can easily be attached with a hook as long as you have some sort of overhang. You don’t have to worry about knocking them over or being in the way of walking areas. Just make sure to watch your head if they are close to an area where someone might bump their noggin. Tomatoes are a particularly good candidate for a good vegetable to go in a hanging planter.
Vertical wall planters attach directly to the wall of your apartment. They don’t take up foot space, aren’t likely to get knocked off a railing and you don’t run the risk of knocking your head on a low, hanging planter. Just make sure the owner of your apartment doesn’t mind.
While you probably won’t be growing a pumpkin patch, plants like peas and beans are already designed to grow upwards and need relatively little sprawl room. Ask your local nursery for help in picking out plants that will grow best in a small space or grow well in pots(not all plants will).
There are a huge number of styles for the urban gardener for each kind of planter box. Take the time to figure out what will best suit the space you have and your overall goal with your little garden. Don’t be discouraged if you have a green thumb and no yard, there are options out there!