Have your dreams of growing your own herbs and vegetables been put on hold because you are worried that you don’t have enough space to have a garden at your Hickory apartment? We’re here to bring you some good news — having a garden is possible when you live in an apartment, you just need to get a little creative! Here at The Legends, we take pride in offering the best apartments in Hickory with the most spacious floor plans. Our apartments include large decks that provide the perfect space for a potted garden. Check out a few tips below for starting yours today!
Apartment Gardening Tips
If this is our first attempt at a potted garden, it is probably a good idea to start off small by planting two to three plants. This will allow you to get a good feel for the time it takes to care for a potted garden while still providing you with a few different types of plants. Starting with too many plants can be overwhelming, which is not conducive for enjoying your garden.
Choose a Few of Your Favorite Plants
One of the best parts about starting a potted garden on the deck of your Hickory apartment is choosing which plants you’ll grow. Think about the types of herbs and veggies you enjoy the most and that you use in your cooking. This is a good place to start and harvest time will quickly become one of your favorite times of the season.
Consider Sun Exposure
Different plants have different sun and shade requirements. This is an important factor to consider as you choose your plants because you want to choose ones that will thrive on your deck. If your deck faces east or west, keep in mind that sun exposure will be intense in the mornings and afternoons.
Use Quality Soil
Any type of garden, in-ground or potted, is only as good as the soil that it is planted in, so you want to make sure that you choose high-quality potting soil when planting. It never hurts to ask for a recommendation from a local gardening store and you might even consider getting a handful of worms to help enhance the soil even further.
Make a Watering Schedule
Just as plants have unique sun and shade requirements, many will have different watering needs as well. Keep this in mind as you are choosing plants. Once you have gotten your plants into pots, make a watering schedule that accounts for the various needs of each of them. Worried that you’ll forget to water your plants? Set a reminder on your phone!
What Grows Well in Apartment Gardens?
- Strawberries. These tasty little gems need plenty of sun (at least six hours) and 12 inches of soil to thrive, making them perfect for deep planters.
- Salad greens. Arugula, spinach, and other leafy greens have shallow roots and are very hardy so long as they get plenty of water, which is perfect for a planted garden.
- Dwarf citrus trees. Meyer lemons grow well in potted gardens with six to eight hours of sunlight, and they love the humidity that we have here in Hickory.
- Herbs. These are the quintessential potted garden plant because they grow well in containers and are so practical for use in cooking.
- Hot peppers. Chile peppers grow very well in containers and set fruits year round — as long as the weather cooperates, you can have peppers on hand for months!
- Tomatoes. Nothing beats the taste of homegrown tomatoes. These plants do best in containers that are at least 30 inches wide, but some patio varieties thrive in hanging baskets.
Get Gardening in Your Hickory Apartment!
Summer is the perfect time to grow your own herbs and veggies on the deck of your Hickory apartment. When it comes to creating a potted garden on your deck, the sky’s the limit in terms of your creativity. You can choose to grow just one or two plants or you may prefer to grow as many as possible — it is totally up to you! In our next post, we’ll review other creative uses for your outdoor living space. Thanks for reading today, and don’t forget to check back soon for updated posts!