Sunday, August 12, 2012

Gardening In A Condo

There are certain trade-offs that are necessary to make if you plan to live in a condo. For many people, the trade-offs are well worth all the positives of the condo lifestyle. But do not let anyone tell you that you cannot maintain a garden (or a semblance of one) just because you live in a condo. The truth is, condo residents can have thumbs that are as green as those of anyone else. Following are a few ideas for condo residents with gardening on their minds.

Hanging planters
The best part about hanging planters is they do not take up any of your precious floor space. And if you live in a small condo, especially, the importance of that cannot be underestimated. Hanging planters are good, too, if you have kids or animals, as they are more difficult for them to access. While virtually any plant can be planted in a hanging planter, those that tend to grow large and long, like ivy or spider plants, make a lot of sense for this type of planter.

Sun shelves
One thing about some condos is they do not get a lot of natural light. While natural light is vital for a lot of plants, a sun shelf, in many cases, will work as well. These shelves actually have full-spectrum lamps above them that take the place of natural light and encourage plant growth. One of the best parts of them is they can double as a side table, or something similar.

Pockets
Pockets for planting plants often are made out of felt or a similar material. They attach to the wall and many condo residents use them to create a garden that grows vertically.

The right veggies
There is a trend these days toward locally grown produce and vegetables. What better way to keep your purchases local than to grow your own? So long as you have a container than can hold your vegetables and your dirt, and so long as it can be drained, you can have a vegetable garden inside your condo. The best veggies for an indoor garden are those that do not take up much space. Examples include carrots, lettuce, peppers, radishes, and tomatoes.

Improved air quality
While many people like to grow plants inside because they provide food, or just good dcor, it also is worth noting that indoor gardens actually can clean and clear the air. They also can reduce the amount of dust and allergens in your condo.

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