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5 Ways to Grow an Apartment Garden

5 Ways to Grow an Apartment Garden

From the squares in central Philly (Logan, Rittenhouse, Washington, Franklin) to Fairmount Park, Philadelphia has an abundance of open, green space, but try sowing a row of veggies or herbs in Rittenhouse Square, and you will likely be fined—or, at the very least, have a disappointing and trampled harvest.

You’re in luck!  The Philly Apartment Company knows that gardening isn’t just for those with spacious lots and a green thumb. Don’t be afraid to delve into the world of herbs, fruits and veggies, even if your apartment is tight on space. In fact, you may have more of a green thumb than you think.  There’s only one way to find out. Grab your seed packets and pots, and let’s get started!

Railings Are Not Off Limits

Get creative and use window seal boxes or small hanging baskets to host an herb garden or seasonal flowers. Create a pattern with the plants to add color and scenery to your widows, patio, or porch railings. If you have a privacy wall rather than a railing, use inexpensive pots, flip them upside down and create a step effect to line the wall with flowers or shrubbery.

Patio Space Turned Green

Potted plants are a perfect addition to your patio or window sills, and there are a variety of container-friendly choices. From roses to tomatoes, you can choose nearly any plant as long as your patio receives five to six hours of sunlight a day (though this will change based on the needs of your plant variety) and the pots have adequate drainage.

To create even more of a green space with your flowers or veggies, grab a variety of containers – different heights and sizes – and bunch them together to create a gardening corner or centerpiece.

Plants for the Not-So-Green-Thumb

A bay window or even the small ledge of a kitchen window can host a small potted plant or two.  So you won’t be surviving off your own vegetable garden – that’s ok by us. It doesn’t mean you can’t include plants in your urban lifestyle. Opt for low-maintenance plants like those you would find in a succulent garden–these are especially good for travelers as they tend to require little water and maintenance. Head to your local green house and ask for Afterglow, Red Edge, or Black Prince, all part of the Echeveria family which requires only partial sunlight and very little water.

Garden Vertically

Here’s a chance to get creative with your gardening containers. Opt for a multi-pocket fabric wall, or grab some old palettes from your local hardware store that can stand vertically and hold plants that you can set in between the boards or screw in small, plastic containers to hold your plants. Vine plants are also a great option for growing a vertical garden. A simple piece of lattice should work for your blackberries or vines to grow successfully.

Just Hanging Around

Hanging baskets are a perfect growing spot for cherry tomatoes, basil, rosemary, thyme and many other herbs. Not only will the suspended plants add color and greenery to your kitchen, patio, or deck, but you’ll also have fresh add-ins for your next dinner party!

Gardening doesn’t have to be a hobby meant only for those with a white picket fence. A city flat or downtown apartment is fair game for green growth and lush plants.

Just try it–plants are tenacious.  Not even city life can stop them!


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