If you don't have a backyard, a balcony, deck, or rooftop is a great place to grow a variety of fruits, vegetables, flowers, and herbs. Apartment gardens are a popular gardening trend right now!
You can always grow a variety of your favorite plants! It's reassuring to know that many of the fruits and vegetables you eat at your dinner table will come from your garden!
September is a great time to start your fall gardening! We offer to give you fall apartment garden advice.
Factors you need to consider about apartment garden
Does it meet building codes?
Some apartments do not allow residents to grow plants on the balcony or roof. Some apartment managers only allow some vegetables and fruits.
Can your balcony or roof handle soil-filled planters?
Ceramic pots are heavy, which can put a strain on your balcony or roof. We recommend that you choose fiberglass containers, plastic pots or fabric grow bags.
Growing the right plants
Choose the right plants for your site. If your balcony receives direct sunlight throughout the day, flowers, cacti, and most vegetables are well suited for planting.
If your balcony is shaded by other buildings for most of the day, choose low-light plants such as ferns.
Is your balcony, terrace, or roof hot?
Tropical plants and succulents are the best choice if your site will get a lot of sun. Most vegetables and fruits cannot survive in the heat.
How much space do you have in your garden?
If you have a large garden, you can grow a lot of plants. But if you have limited space, try vertical gardening. Planter boxes, wall pockets, and garden beds can all help you save space.
How much budget do you have?
If you only want to buy ready-made plants, this will cost you a lot of money. If you want to save money on gardening, we recommend buying seeds or asking your friends to share seeds. You can get discarded pots at yard sales or turn cans or plastic bottles into containers. You will need to spend more on soil; ordinary soil is not adequate and can bring diseases.
How to start your fall apartment garden?
The mild weather of early fall is perfect for starting your fall planting program. First, you should clear weeds from your balcony terrace or roof garden. You can purchase some soil with fertilizer to fertilize the soil in your pots or garden beds.
If you want a more frugal approach, you can use plant debris from your garden to make organic fertilizer. Whatever plants you want to grow, make sure the soil is rich in nutrients first.
Plants for Fall Apartment Gardens
Lettuce can be grown in containers or garden beds. This vegetable is nutritious and fast-growing, making it suitable for all gardeners. You can use lettuce in many dishes. You can find lettuce in most salad recipes!
Tomatoes are one of the easiest vegetables to grow. Whether it's on your farm, in your backyard, on your balcony, on your patio, or your roof, you can easily grow tomatoes. It takes very little space and you will have a bountiful harvest. With just a simple container, you can grow some tomato seedlings in it.
Chili peppers are an ideal plant choice for you. You can grow chili peppers indoors or on your balcony or roof.
(tomatoes and red chili peppers)
And, peppers don't need much sunlight to thrive. During the summer months, you will need to set up a shade for your chili peppers.
Carrots are easy to grow no matter where you are. With enough natural light, carrots will thrive. Make sure the pots or other containers you use are deep and wide enough; the depth should be at least 300 millimeters.
Grapes can be grown outdoors in most climates. Grape vines need plenty of sunlight and a sturdy trellis to thrive, so make sure you have both of these elements if you plan to grow grapes.
Broccoli is a nutritious vegetable with a range of health benefits. If you want to grow broccoli on your balcony, you should start at least two weeks before the last frost of the year so that you have a bumper crop by the end of the year.
Herbaceous plants can grow well in containers. If you grow herbs on your balcony, you will often have fresh herbs to flavor your dishes. Mint, scallions, parsley, basil, and thyme are all great herbal choices for apartment gardens.
How to choose the right plant according to the light?
Light is a factor that you must consider when creating your apartment gardening plan. Some vegetables and fruits won't produce fruit without getting enough sunlight.
(plants for terrace)
However, some plants can still grow healthily in the shade. Before planting any plant, you should know the amount of light it needs.
"Full sunlight" plants
Some vegetables need at least six to eight hours of direct sunlight to thrive. Tomatoes, potatoes, squash, cucumbers, and okra are among the plants that need full light.
"Partial sun" plants
Some plants need only four to six hours of direct sunlight per day. Carrots, beets, onions, and carrots are "partial sun" plants.
If your balcony or roof only gets a maximum of three hours of direct sunlight per day, your plant choices are limited. Bok choy, salad greens, mint, scallions. Garlic and some shade-tolerant flowers can grow in such a place.
Other tips for apartment garden care
You need to follow the following advice to keep the plants in your indoor garden or rooftop garden healthy.
Fertilize your plants regularly. Some potting mixtures contain fertilizers that you should check ahead of time.
Check the soil frequently to make sure it is moist. Soil in containers dries out quickly, so gardeners need to check often and water regularly.
Pests and diseases can attack your apartment garden. Frequently check the growth of plants and prevent pests.
Apartment Garden Gardening Tools
Some gardening tools can make it easier to take care of your apartment garden, such as indoor greenhouses and garden beds.
This indoor portable greenhouse will protect your plants all year round. You can protect your potted plants with this greenhouse. You can also easily move this greenhouse to your rooftop garden or patio.
This mini greenhouse can be placed not only in your backyard but also on your balcony, patio, or roof garden. You can place it directly above your garden beds or use it to protect your potted plants.
This oval galvanized garden bed has no sharp corners and is safe to use. This garden bed includes a rubber strip to cover sharp edges. The open bottom of the garden bed facilitates drainage. This garden bed is great for setting up on a rooftop garden or patio.
Even a balcony or rooftop garden can be made more attractive through your efforts! Start your fall apartment garden planting project right now and bring more fun into your life!