Monday 28 September, 2020

Plant this way: Cultivating an apartment garden

A nursery of tomato seedlings develop. (Photo: Pixaby)

A nursery of tomato seedlings develop. (Photo: Pixaby)

Ever wondered how you could grow herbs, fruits, or even vegetables from your kitchen window?

We’ve oft romanticized the idea of growing our own tomatoes, scallions, and/or thyme right on the window sill in the kitchen.

You know, like they do in the movies.

But, perfect kitchen goals aside, many of our intentions to grow is simply a calling to the greener side.

We did some digging and found a superb article from The Spruce, loaded with advice for the up-and-coming green thumb-er.

Tomatoes and other veggies on a balcony (iStock photo)


Before you get started, here’s a list of fruit plants known to grow in the home:

1 Avocados (pear)

2 Herbs such as lavender, chive, thyme, basil, mint, cilantro and even ginger

3 Tomatoes

4 Microgreens

5 Garlic greens

6 Mushrooms

7 Small lemon trees (if you can find any, lime seem to be quite scarce)

8 Bell peppers

9 Mandarin oranges

10 Salad greens

11 Chilli peppers

12 Strawberries


Now, according to The Spruce, some plants are more hardy and forgiving to beginner gardeners than others, however, all plants have specific growing needs that you must meet in order that they maximize their true growth potential.

Some natural elements, such as humidity, wind access, the weight of the plant, the water you use, the soil the plants are placed in, and the access to sunlight, all play an instrumental role in the plant’s success.

And, did you know pests and diseases may turn out to be your largest obstacles. Other elements that may hinder the growth of your plant include watering – whether too much or too little, water must always be just enough – and, in the case of fruit-, or vege-nursing, learning harvest patterns helps you get the best crop always.

Keeping apartment plants alive is the best way to ensure any harvest. Here are some tips for keeping apartment plants alive:

1 Letting in the light – observing the importance of sunlight

2 Assessing your humidity levels

3 Being cautious of overwatering, and installing proper drainage

4 Using fertilizers and keeping an eye out for pests

5 Selecting the right plants for space – taking into consideration the environment

6 Keeping your plants in one peace and in one place

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