Gardening, The Apartment Way

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Think having an apartment means you can’t have a garden?

Think again.

Actually, you can maintain (or develop, for the newbies) your green thumb quite well at your Preferred Living luxury apartment. A little creativity and planning on plant placement can bring a calming, natural vibe to your space.

Patios/Balconies Are a Plant’s Best Friend

The easiest place to grow your apartment garden may very well be the most natural space – your patio or balcony. Plants can help bring nature to your urban or suburban home, while also providing a bit of privacy to your outdoor and indoor space.

Pay attention to how much sunlight your outdoor space receives so you can plan your garden accordingly. Remember that eight hours of sun each day is considered full sun, while 4-6 hours is partial sun and less than four hours falls in the shade category.

To maximize your balcony space, use railing planters, which hang on the railing without being permanently installed. These provide beauty and privacy without taking up all your outdoor real estate. If you have a patio, try using vertical planters to achieve the same effect.

Eat What You Grow

There are a variety of fruits and vegetables you can grown in your apartment, either in outdoor or indoor spaces. These are nice because they often grow in small containers, taking up less real estate than other plants. Besides, what tastes better than food you grow yourself? Tomatoes, peppers, herbs, blueberries and avocados can all be grown successfully in your apartment.

Indoor Gardening

It’s amazing how much life and vibrancy a houseplant or two can add to a room. Not only do the plants beautify your space, they can also help clean the air. Your apartment could be an excellent home to many houseplants, depending on sunlight levels and placement in your space.

Plants such as cast iron plants and peace lilies grow best in dim light and provide attractive, dark green foliage, while flowering plants and those with bright foliage like croton and polka dot plants relish the sunlight.

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