Save Money! Grow Food in your Apartment
Do you want to grow your own food, but you don’t have a yard? We got you! You only need a little space, sunlight, and time to grow good food in your small space. Brighten up your apartment and your diet with fresh fruits and veggies of your own.
What can I grow?
Many foods don’t need a ton of space to grow in small quantities. In relatively small pots, you can grow berries, chiles, nopales, salad greens, kumquats, mushrooms, avocados, green beans, and more. All of these can thrive in apartments that get 4 to 8 hours of sunlight per day.
Why should I do this?
- If you eat what you grow, you will save money. Growing your own fruits and vegetables at home is less expensive than buying them at the store. You will be surprised at how much you get from a small, cheap packet of seeds.
- You can nurture and enjoy pesticide-free produce!
- Getting certain seed varieties can also lead to more flavorful fruits and veggies. Many grocery varieties are bred for appearance which can sacrifice flavor.
- Having plants indoors also improves air quality. They pull toxins from the air and they release both oxygen and moisture into the atmosphere. This moisture can help relieve dry skin during winter months and is good for your throat when you are sick.
- Many studies have shown an increase in both productivity and positivity when plants are around.
Sounds great! What do I need?
- A pot/container: Choose your pot based on what you want to grow. Many veggies, berries, and other small fruits can be grown in a 1-gallon container. Some plants will require drainage which just means you need a pot with holes in the bottom and a dish to catch extra water underneath. Herbs can often be grown in something as small as a mason jar.
- Soil: Get a bit of nutrient-rich soil from your local garden store.
- Seeds: Choose your faves and plant your seeds! Use different pots for different foods, unless you have a large trough for your indoor garden. If you are growing a bunch of the same thing, stagger planting by a couple of weeks. This will allow for continuous harvesting opportunities.
- Sunshine: Keep your plants in a spot where they will get at least 4 hours of sun per day but check each seed packet to see how much sun is needed for each food.
- Attention: Keep the soil moist and keep an eye out for bugs. A Venus Flytrap can help and makes for an entertaining houseplant. Some say that talking to plants can help them thrive, so be sure to ask them how they are doing! Trim away dead or dying leaves to help keep the plant healthy.
Now you can pick fresh food to enjoy from your very own indoor produce section. Enjoy the bold flavors, the convenience, and the extra money in your wallet.