Gardening Where You Are


Gardening is not limited to a large back yard, well fenced that receive nine or more hours of sunshine daily. A patio, balcony, a window or even a deck can be a great location for gardening whether living in an apartment in the city or share a home in the suburbs. Once your chosen area receives six or more hours of sunshine, the only things needed would be a few containers to be able to grow veggies and small fruits like strawberries or even tomatoes. Gardening can be fun and easy and container gardens are very simple and low maintenance. Some benefits may include little or no weeding and having no plant pests, however, to prevent plants from drying out, more watering may be required.


Vegetables such as peppers, lettuce, tomatoes, and dwarf beans can be grown in a container. With adequate depth you may even be able to produce root crops like radishes, potatoes and carrots. Add a trellis to your container and you can plant cucumbers and vining spinach. You can have year-round produce without leaving your home by starting a container garden.


Almost like living in the country, city gardeners or those are desiring to start a garden can enjoy the possibility of doing at your current residence until you are able to transition to country location. In addition to gardening by a window; you can practically have a wide range of produce in your home with the aid of a grow light reflecting on a living wall. This can be accomplished by using a multiple clots shoe rack, which can be purchased at Walmart, which is very cost effective. Fill slots with soil and plant herbs, strawberries, and shallow root greens live lettuce among others. There are many ways you can garden at home; however, there are some points to consider.


Whether you are renting an apartment, condo or have a Homeowners Association (HOA), there are some steps to be taken, as there may be some restrictions to having a garden. Therefore, before starting your garden, you may need to contact your landlord or community extension office to verify if it is ok to start your garden. HOA’s set rules and regulations for those living in deed restricted neighborhoods and you can find out if you are in such an area by looking at your lease or mortgage agreements as well as to verify gardening limitations or if it is prohibited all together.


While some HOA’s prohibit planting all together, there are others that allow the dweller to make minor improvements to the land scape. So instead of planting a flowering edge, consider blueberries, raspberries and small fruit trees that would fit into the already planted areas. If you are planning to make additions to the present landscape consider tomatoes instead of roses or edible flowers such as Marigold, Nasturtiums, Chamomile or even Lavender. These would be a great addition to already present landscape.


Additionally, after you have developed a love for gardening as we have and are not satisfied in growing a small amount of produce, and are planning on relocating to a more desirable area with a little more space. Here are a few things to consider when choosing an area to relocate. Be sure to identify if there are any restrictions to growing in the desired neighborhood as well as area zoning. Different areas are zone specific and R1 zoning have little or no restrictions as these are zoned for cattle and rural agriculture.


Happy planting!!

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