If you have always wanted a good old fashioned vegetable garden even if you live in the city, it is possible, and just because you chose urban living doesn’t mean you can’t grow vegetables. If you live in an apartment or a condo and space are at a premium, these tips can help you to successfully grow vegetables.
The Pleasures Of Vegetable Gardening In Containers
You should be able to grow vegetables regardless of the type or size of space that you live in, and trying to determine the best location for a vegetable garden in your condo or apartment should be your first step. Some ideal locations include a deck of any size or a patio that catches the sun, although even a sunny spot on a fire escape, on top of the roof or on your porch will suffice. It helps if you have enough room to easily move around the edge of the vegetable garden, and ideally you should enjoy at least a few hours of sun every day in your chosen space.
If your chosen spot is difficult to reach and navigate, and a challenge to effectively water it thoroughly, you may find yourself giving up on the project. Just like anything else, if you enjoy gardening and it is easy and fun rather than a chore, you are much more likely to persevere and want to spend time in your garden. Even the most challenging outdoor space can become a thriving and successful vegetable garden, with the right approach and plenty of care and attention.
What Should You Grow In a Container Vegetable Garden?
There is an almost bewildering choice of vegetables and fruits available, not to mention all those nice sounding heirloom seeds. All this choice can make it something of a challenge trying to decide what you want to grow in your container vegetable garden. A good strategy is to grow something that you like to eat and that you can actually use in different recipes, rather than simply growing say, tomatoes solely because they are one of the easier options.
You will get a lot more enjoyment out of even a small vegetable garden if you grow something in it that you will actually use and appreciate. That said, the area of the country in which you live will also have a bearing on what you can and should grow. Make inquiries with the experts at your local nursery if you just aren’t sure what would make a sensible choice of fruit or vegetable to grow in your area of the country. Perhaps you live in an area which receives more than its fair share of sunshine each year, or one that enjoys less sun than most other places – all of these things will have to be taken into consideration when planning your garden and what to plant.
Starting Out Small Is the Best Strategy
If you are a first-time gardener and visit your local garden center or home improvement store, it’s all too easy to become overwhelmed when you see the accessories and tools available. Starting your container garden in a modest way and then building up from there is the recommended way to go, and starting out with just a couple of vegetables is a good option.
You can consider growing more vegetables if everything seems to be going well, and you consider your small garden to be a success, but don’t rush into it and overwhelm yourself or give yourself too much work. As the aim of the project is to eat what you grow, you need to be careful not to grow so much food that you are regularly throwing it away instead of eating it. However, friends and family will probably appreciate bringing given the bounty from your garden.