It’s been a long Winter but Spring is just around the corner to breathe light, beauty and freshness back into our musty and enclosed apartments. And there simply is no reason that apartment living should prevent us from creating our own, unique spring garden apartments.
In fact, with most of us preferring to stay indoors due to Coronavirus, there is no better time to plan and start a Spring garden. Some ideas that have inspired me in the past and that are easy to implement for even the most amateur gardener, include:
1. Just A Yellow Lemon Tree
Citrus trees are the ideal plant for an apartment garden and early spring is the ideal time to invest in a young sapling. Not only do the trees produce fruit that can be eaten, used in cooking or in other ways, the fragrant blossoms will definitely bring Spring into your apartment.
Planted in a container or pot, the tree’s growth will be restricted and it will remain small. This said, a medium or large plant pot is recommended. It may also be a good idea to read up on some pruning tips to keep the citrus tree pint-sized while delivering aromatic blooms and yummy fruit.
* Lemon trees are my personal favorite.
2. Parsley, Sage, Rosemary And Thyme
Herbs gardens are ideally suited to apartment living. The shrubs are generally small and provide the bonus of fragrance and function. Lavender is a popular choice for it’s flowers and fragrance. “Little Lottie” is a dwarf variety of English Lavender suitable for small spaces.
However, just about any type of herb can be planted in pots or planters and most will be perfect for Spring garden apartments. Mint, rosemary, cilantro and basil are all good choices for Spring planting. Remember that sun and feeding are crucial to create a flourishing indoor herb garden. If sunlight is a problem, invest in lamps that mimic the rays of the sun.
* My personal favorite is rosemary as it is hardy, smells gorgeous and can be used in many different dishes.
3. The Hanging Garden
Hanging gardens, vertical gardens or garden walls have become very popular in the last couple of years due to more and more apartment dwellers wanting to create their own gardens. The method basically consists of a frame that is backed with plastic and fabric into which plants can be inserted. A watering and feeding system is then added to the frame which is attached to a wall. This type of vertical garden is however best suited to an outdoor wall such as on a balcony that receives sunlight.
There are however many different versions of the hanging garden. Pots placed on shelves or on stands can also mimic a vertical garden. Your hanging garden can be purposed for herbs, spring blooms or even a wide range of vegetables.
There are 4 essential elements that need to be taken into account when planting an indoor garden – air, light, water and food. I recommend that you start with plants that have partial sun requirements and that aren’t too fussy when it comes to water and food for a successful apartment garden this Spring.