Don’t you love waking up to a beautiful garden with nature’s freshness prevailing in the air? But, you live in an apartment, but not find it too fascinating? Or have you already planned on having a little garden?
As a beginner, creating a garden is overwhelming initially, but it gets fun and lovely while you watch your little saplings grow. It is mesmerizing to see all those plants getting greener and healthier day by day.
There are specific plants which easily grow at your apartments. Some plants are more difficult to be grown by beginners. You should know that each plant variety requires different elements in different amounts.
Check out the list of things to be prepared before you move onto gardening.
First, figure out the space you need for your garden. Plan out what flowers or plants you want to wake up to. Also, remember to choose the ones easy to grow and pamper. You may assign a dedicated space while you are planning your apartment or you can later on incorporate it. The space for garden should be at the correct place where it gets enough sunlight, humidity, wind, and water. The immediate environment and condition should be suitable for the plants.
Each plant has different needs. Some need comparatively more sunlight than the others. Many fruits and flowering plants need complete day sunlight. For them, six to eight hours of sunlight daily is necessary. However, it can be difficult for some apartments. And, if you are in a city with tall buildings, this situation is prominent. So, planting these indoor is not a good idea. Think about taking them to rooftops or balconies for better exposure to sunlight. Windowsill plants get less sunlight, so keep a plant that suits the conditions.
It is aware that plants take their nutrients, minerals, and other essential elements from the soil. So, use good soil for your plants. Also, remember each plant grows health in different soil. Most important thing is that since it is an apartment garden, you cannot use normal garden soil. The containers of your plants limit the air and water. Therefore, a potting mix with proper drainage is the best solution. This mix keeps the roots of plants healthy and they are very light and circulate air and water efficiently.
No plant can survive without proper irrigation and enough water. Compared to the original garden plants, the plants in your apartment need more water. Plants need lots of water and therefore plan a garden or place your pots where water can be in excess. You may plan to carry watering cans across your apartment garden. But this becomes tedious when you have many plants. So, set up a hose with the nearby faucet to water your plants. They are easy to work with and easy to manage.
Humidity is another essential requirement for your plants to be lush and green. And like other elements, plants need varying humidity. A windowsill plant needs more humidity. During a hot season, spray water on plants. A little mist can provide enough humidity to your plants. Also, you can keep a water-filled tray to do the work.
The one thing to keep a check on is wind. You do not want the wind to be too strong that it rips out your plant or break your pot. When you keep plants on rooftops or in a balcony, they needed extra protection from winds. They can tear leaves, or overturn plant pots. Put up screens or railings to provide protection- your choice. Or, you can have pots large and wide enough so they did not trip over.
When you have pots in your apartment, they become heavy, filled with soil. Also, when you water plants, the weight triples. Therefore, make sure that your little apartment garden can hold that much weight. If you have planted on your windowsills, then fix and secure those window boxes to it.
You should take good care of your apartment garden. Follow the basic steps like watering them timely and regularly. Use natural fertilizers on your plants to keep them healthy. These fertilizers are like food to your plants. Keep a check on each plant. Look after them meticulously. Also, if you are planting fruits and vegetables, keep a note of their harvesting times, and other related needs for better growth and yield.