Do apartment gardens have a future? It’s a question often asked by apartment dwellers in all cities across the country. With the price of real estate skyrocketing, more people are beginning to look for ways to supplement their income or even replace it. In this age of shrinking budgets and retirement, it is becoming increasingly difficult to find ways to bring extra money into one’s monthly budget. But that does not mean living in an apartment is synonymous with starving.
Just ask a few apartment dwellers in New York City and you’ll get plenty of answers as to whether apartment gardening has a future. One of the apartment dwellers recently explained to a reporter: “I live in an apartment. I have two small children. I can’t just go out and buy flowers. There are too many rules and regulations.”
On the other hand, there are apartment gardening enthusiasts who enjoy their apartment lives just as much as anyone else. They have gardens, they eat organic, they drink organic…they’re hardly cutting into any carbon footprints! And even though they live in apartments where pesticides and herbicides are used on a regular basis, there are apartment plants that have been shown to have some beneficial effect on health and the environment.
Many apartment gardeners are turning to a few simple plants that are easy to maintain and care for. While flowers and shrubs are a common sight in many gardens, apartment plants have a long history of successful use as a source of natural food in rural regions where people depended upon what they could grow or gather in the wild. Of course, urban dwellers have access to indoor plants that are easier to care for and harvest than anything that can be found outdoors. However, for those who want to live like nature, apartment gardening may be the way to go.
Some apartment plants are container grown, others are raised in a raised bed at the bottom of an apartment building. While apartment gardens require a lot more work than traditional outdoor gardens, they do offer a closer connection to the earth and the benefits that cultivation brings. These apartment plants, as well as a few simple do-it-yourself apartment gardening tips, can be the basis of an apartment gardening business, with the profits used to offset the cost of maintaining the plants.
Container grown apartment plants provide apartment dwellers with a closer relationship to nature, but they’re no slouch when it comes to hard work. Most apartment plants are cared for by at least one gardener, but some will need professional assistance. Some apartment gardens require a very dedicated gardener who works two or three times a week. In order to protect the apartment plants from inclement weather, the gardener will need to either cover the plants with plastic sheeting or place them in a greenhouse. If left unprotected, the apartment plants can suffer from frost, and water shortages can wipe out the plants’ roots.
Although there are many advantages to gardening inside an apartment, there are also a few disadvantages. For one, you may not have access to the elements that exist outside your apartment. For instance, you may not have the luxury of installing an outdoor kitchen. If you want fresh vegetables or fruits, you’ll have to make do with store bought products. In addition, some plants may not enjoy the variety of climatic conditions that are found outdoors, so you may have to do without certain hardy species.
If you’re planning on starting an apartment garden, you should make sure you’ve worked out your gardening layout and have all the necessary equipment. Check with local nurseries for recommendations before you begin. Additionally, check with the city in which you live to ensure that your chosen plants are allowed in your apartment complex. However, most apartment gardens are successful, providing you with lush green oases that make a great living and working environments.