Posted By Heather Rusick on 8/8/11 3:01 PM

apartment vegetable garden

Have you ever wanted your own vegetable garden but have hesitated because you live in an apartment? Or just thought there was not enough space to grow the items you want? We’ll I am here to tell you that gardens are not only for people with backyards, you too can have your own garden oasis while living at an apartment community – it’s time to utilize that summer sun and get your garden on!

There are a variety of great spaces at your apartment to start planting today, the balcony or patio, a window seal, the apartment rooftop (if you have one) and so one. If you are lucky enough you have a balcony or patio you are ahead of the game, and since you live at a Shea Apartment Community, you are! This is the most efficient place to grow your vegetable garden because there is plenty of room and your plants are able to absorb the most sunlight here.

Let’s get started…

Containers. You need to find the right containers for your garden, whether they are wood, plastic or clay, choose containers that best fit the vegetables you are growing - you want to ensure the containers are strong enough to fully support the vegetables. Ask a sales associate at the store if you have questions about container sizes.

Soil. Soil is extremely important in order for your veggies to grow strong and healthy. Mix a slow releasing soil with potting mix that has 30% perlite or other course materials.

Seeds. You want to pick vegetable seeds that can withstand the weather conditions that they will be living in. Now let’s get planting! Fill the container with soil, leaving a ½ of an inch of space at the top and place your seeds. Make sure to space your seeds out evenly to allow the vegetables room to grow.

It’s time to sit back, relax and watch your vegetables do their thing! Water the veggies regularly so the soil is always damp. Once the vegetables are large enough place wood stakes in the soil to support them until their final growth spurt. When the veggies have fully matured, pick, wash and enjoy!

What you will need:

  • Vegetable seeds of your choice
  • Containers to pot your vegetables
  • Potting soil
  • Fertilizer to nourish the soil
  • Stakes to stabilize your vegetables as they grow

Extra Tip

  • Grab some containers that hang on the wall, this will add height layers to your garden and effectively utilize the space on your balcony

What vegetables are you going to grow?