Apartment dwellers can take advantage of the joys and benefits of garden-fresh produce even without access to a plot of land. Learn how.
Gardening is a great frugal hobby that many people enjoy. It can provide a peaceful, meditative experience while yielding wonderful fruits, vegetables and herbs for use in the kitchen. Better yet, the cost is incredibly low, especially once you’ve started out.
However, traditional gardening does require a piece of land for planting, something that is often unavailable to apartment dwellers. How can apartment residents take advantage of the joys and benefits of gardening without having access to a plot of land?
It’s simple: All you need is a small apartment balcony garden. Simply put a large container on your balcony, fill it with soil, put a few drainage holes on the bottom, along with something under it to catch excess water and begin planting. There are many excellent guides out there for starting your own apartment balcony garden, including this particularly good apartment gardening guide from GardeningKnowHow.com.
One way to make an apartment balcony garden more than pay for itself is to plant things that you’ll immediately eat in the kitchen, thus saving you money on fresh produce. It’s almost impossible to match the freshness of stepping out on your balcony, picking or trimming some fresh produce and taking it directly inside to prepare it right away. It’s a freshness and quality level that stores simply cannot match, and you’ll save money over the cost of those items in the store to boot.
Once you have the initial items on your balcony — a planter and soil — you can plant things again and again and again in the same pot to enjoy their bounty. All you need is a simple packet of seeds and some consistent meditative time and mild effort over a few months, and you’ll find yourself with lots of incredibly fresh and flavorful vegetables for your dinner table.