PostHeaderIcon Planting a Vegetable Garden in an Apartment

Most of us derive great satisfaction from seeing the end result of things we created from scratch. Our day seem brighter when our friends compliment on our creation, be it an artwork, handicraft or simply culinary skills. Imagine what greater joy and satisfaction it would bring if we get to consume the veggies that we planted with our hands, right in our apartment? Yes, you can have a vegetable garden even if you live in an apartment! Container vegetable gardening is the answer.

Before you rush to the nursery to buy gardening tools, pots and containers, I would suggest that you find a cosy corner at home and do some planning for your container garden while you enjoy your coffee. To help you get started, here are some simple steps to guide you along.

1. Ask yourself what kind of vegetables you want in your garden
Decide what kind of vegetables you want to plant. If you are planting vegetables for family consumption, get your family members’ input as well. Advance planning also helps you to determine how much space is required for you’re your container vegetable garden.

2. Visualize your container vegetable garden
Close your eyes and visualize how you want your vegetable garden to look like. What kind of containers and pots do you want? Where do you want to position them? How do you want to decorate your little garden to add a personal touch?

3. Make a list of “must haves”
What are the essential items? Listing your needs up front ensures that you won’t miss out on anything important. What kind of gardening tools do you need? Where are you going to store them?

4. Evaluate what you already have
Once you have determined your “must haves”, check around your home if you already have those items. The last thing you want is to end up buying something which you already have and add on to the clutter at home.

5. Set your budget
Once you know what you want and what you need, it’s time to consider what you are willing to spend. Having a budget in mind will prevent overspending at the nursery. We all know how easy it is to overspend on impulse when everything seems to look so beautiful.

Now that you’ve got your planning done, it’s time to get your family to go nursery shopping together. An extra pair of hands will come in handy to help you carry your shopping bag. Besides, engaging your family members in gardening can also make the activity even more fun and enriching.

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