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How to Grow a Garden in Your Apartment

If you live in an apartment, don't let the limited space stop you from growing a garden.


  • Step 1: Select a location Select a location for your garden.A balcony or a patio that gets plenty of sun is an ideal spot. You may also be able to use your porch.
  • TIP: Many plants can be grown indoors under special plant lights.
  • Step 2: Decide what to plant Decide what you want to plant. Choose varieties that can be planted close together. Check the back of seed packets for information about plant spacings.
  • TIP: Nonedible plants that thrive indoors include peace lillies, pothos, and lucky bamboo. Edible plants that can survive indoors include herbs, as well as carrots, radishes, lettuce, and peppers.
  • Step 3: Gather some containers Collect plant containers. You can either purchase some or use recycled containers that will hold soil and that you can poke holes in for drainage. If you recycle materials, be sure to wash and disinfect them before planting.
  • Step 4: Position the containers Choose large containers unless you are growing seedlings or very small single plants to optimize root development. Position the containers to optimize growing conditions for your plants. You can move the containers later if you need to make adjustments.
  • Step 5: Add soil Add potting soil to the containers, plant your seeds, and add water. Then wait for your garden to grow.
  • FACT: As of 2005, New York City has about 50,000 apartments covered by rent control.

You Will Need

  • Location
  • Plant varieties
  • Large containers
  • Potting soil
  • Seeds
  • Indoor plant lights (optional)

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