How to garden in an apartment, in honour of Garden Day

Green is groovy!

By Paula-Ann Smit

How to garden in an apartment, in honour of Garden Day

Garden Day

Let’s call a (garden) spade a spade: gardening is really good for you. From its mood-boosting benefits, the exposure to vitamin D and the aerobic exercise, to the fact that it can lower the risk of dementia and helps to combat loneliness, gardening is great. 

But how can you reap the benefits of gardening if you don’t have a garden? Let’s take a look, shall we? 

Plants that flourish in apartments

No garden? No problem! Herbs and salad greens aren’t fussy about where they grow. Just give ’em a container, plenty of sunlight, well-draining soil and they’re good to go. 

Tomatoes and chilli peppers also grow well in pots, while strawberries can be grown in a window box (because they need loads of sunlight). Also, how adorable would a window box with strawberries look? Just call me Martha Stewart. 

Other plants that do really well in apartments include snake plants, cacti, succulents and bamboo. 

Okay, but my plants keep dying?

I hear ya! Gardening can often feel like a hit or miss, but here are a few steps you can take to improve your chances at successfully growing plants (and keeping alive): 

Water, water, water

Even cacti need water! Soil can dry out super quickly, so even if some of your plants are exposed to rain, you’ll probably need to water them too to keep the show going. Poke your finger in the soil, if it’s dry around 4 cm in water ’em up. 

Hey, hot stuff 

Plants need sunlight to exist, which can be a bit tricky in an apartment. Balconies and rooftops can help your plants receive the sunlight fix they need, or you can pop them over on the windowsill if you don’t have a balcony. If sunlight is still hard to come by, you can get low-light plants, such as ivy or succulents. 

It just got real humid 

Okay, so your plants are on the windowsill, but now humidity is a problem. Grab a spritzing bottle and spray the plants to keep them cool, or place them near a tray of water. 

Soil is key 

Soil is like food for plants: it has the nutrients, water and air that they need to survive. Indoors, it’s important to use potting soil, which will help circulate air and get water to the plant’s roots. 

As we said above, there are loads of benefits to taking care of plants. Plus, how cute do they make an apartment look?  We can’t wait to get our hands dirty! 

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