(Closed) Apartment gardening?

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Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I’ve wanted to try this, but my cat has eaten everything but the aloe plant. Also, I killed a fern 🙁

I’d love to have a small herb garden, like basil and chives and the like. I’ve heard carrots and such can be fairly easy to grow too.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

You’ll need a grow light. Herbs and leaf lettuce will be easy. If you have a big window, you might get some tomatoes from a bush variety. Also take into consideration where you’ll pot up the plants. Might be messy with the soil if you have no outdoor space at all to use. 

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I’ve tried containter tomatoes outside — they don’t work all that well outside, so I don’t think I would bother with trying them inside.   

I have all kinds of herbs in my windows and they are great.  Where you buy your herbs makes a huge difference, I’ve found.  Try a place supplied by a local grower.  I’ve gotten some great herbs that absolutely thrived from Whole Foods, and local nursuries and had less success from stuff I bought at Trader Joes and Lowes.  The best thing about planting herbs is that you almost always have enough for what you are cooking, and the cost of the plant is the same as the cost for fresh herbs at the grocery store.  Mint, chives, rosemary, bay are all pretty hardy and will usually bounce back if you forget to water.  Thyme, basil, sage, and parsley, oregano are a little less forgiving but hardy as well.  And nothing beats fresh thyme.  Tarragon is a gorgeous plant with pretty yellow flowers — but it only lasts a year or two.  It’s not a perennial.  Use bigger pots for your herbs than you think you need.  They will grow fast if they are healthy and have room. 

With vegetables, you often need a pretty sizeable area to plant in order to get much — I doubt you would get enough growing indoors to make it worth your while.  Of course, there’s a lot of pleasure in just watching something grow and taking care of it — and then eating it!  Just keep in mind you’ll only get enough for a taste now and then. 

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

We have a pretty good-sized hydroponic garden in our townhouse. We have 6 aerogarden’s set up in a closet and we grow herbs, tomatoes, and peppers; we tried lettuces but those didn’t yield enough to justify the space. The tomatoes are pretty large cherry tomatoes— you can probably do proper regular tomatoes in pots or in a larger hydroponic garden but we like the ease of the aerogardens as the aerogarden planters take care of turning grow lights on and off on a timer, and remind us when the plants need to be fed.  I also know a couple people who start their plants in a hydroponic garden/aerogarden then transfer the seedlings to soil pots to mature; it makes it easier to get the young plant past their most delicate stage.

 

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

i think you would do well w herbs and lettuce, also any flourescent light serves as a grow light fyi 🙂 good luck!

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