Not everyone lives someplace with a big backyard or acreage. So, if you have the itch to grow your own garden-fresh vegetables, what can you do if you’re an apartment dweller?
Here are some tips to help you produce food, no matter where you live.
If you have a balcony or small patio, load it up with veggies. These vegetables grow well in containers:
- Bell peppers
- Bush beans
Note that you will need the proper support for plants that get tall or climb.
Growing food indoors
Maybe you don’t have any outdoor space. There are several things you can grow indoors to cut your food bill.
- Fresh herbs
- Green onions
- Mushrooms (look for those sprouting logs)
If you really want to get into growing food indoors, you can invest in (or build) a hydroponics set-up, but those can be pricey.
Another way anyone can add fresh greens to supplement the grocery budget is to start sprouting. This website has the best information for beginners to join the wonderful world of sprouting.
Look for a community garden
Many cities now are turning abandoned lots into gardens for the community. You are assigned a little plot and can grow whatever you want in it. If times are really tight in your area, you may find that your garden patch is not safe from hungry people. It’s a great idea if your food remains there for you. Some community gardens even have swap meets so gardeners can trade their surplus veggies for someone else’s surplus veggies. Bonus: It’s a great way to meet other people who have a self-reliant mindset.
Go to the roof
If your building has a rooftop, you may be able to persuade the other residents to turn it into a container garden space. Remember that rooftop gardens are very sunny and usually don’t have any shade, so choose your plants accordingly. Be sure that there is a way to access water on the roof or you’ll be lugging buckets up the stairs. No matter how good your intentions are, there will come a point in which you just stop watering your plants and they’ll die.
It requires dedication.
Gardening without a yard isn’t easy. It will require discipline and dedication. But if you really want to jump on board the backyard veggie train, you’ll find a way!