If you’re a green-thumbed apartment renter, you probably don’t have a patch of yard to call your own. That can be frustrating for people who want to grow their own plants outside, but don’t worry! There’s an easy solution that’s probably not too far away: Join a community garden. A community garden is a communal piece of land on which many people plant vegetables or flowers in divided plots. It’s a way to beautify a community, improve your diet, get some exercise, connect to the environment and save money on grocery bills, all at the same time. If there’s a community garden near you that you’re interested in joining, go for it! But there are a few things you should know before you get your hands dirty. Read on for our dos and don’ts of community gardening.
[caption id="attachment_67053" align="aligncenter" width="607"] Make sure you put something under the pots to protect your windowsill.[/caption] Nothing brightens up your apartment like a few houseplants – not only for pretty décor, but for cleaning your indoor air as well. But you need an outdoor garden if you want to grow anything edible, right? Think again! Even if you don’t have outdoor soil to plant in, you can still grow your own edible plants with a windowsill herb garden. Small herbs grow well in individual pots or long, narrow troughs that you can place right on your windowsill, where they’ll get plenty of sunshine. Best of all, when you’re cooking a delicious dish that calls for a dash of rosemary, you can just reach right over and snip off a sprig. It’s good for your health, the planet and your dinner. Ready to get planting? Here’s how to do it.
[caption id="attachment_61610" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] Lettuce and spinach both grow well in containers, making them perfect for your apartment balcony.[/caption] August falls firmly in the summer season, but believe it or not, it’s the time to plant if you want to harvest crisp vegetables this fall. If your apartment balcony gets enough sun, you can plant a container garden and grow your own food this fall, which saves you money in addition to brightening up your balcony. You’ll want to invest in large containers, each one at least 10 inches wide and 12 inches deep, so your vegetables will have enough room to thrive.
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[caption id="attachment_62873" align="aligncenter" width="880"] Domaine at Villebois Apartments in Wilsonville, OR[/caption] Early spring can be a time of excitement and release, when the temperatures finally warm up after a long and grueling winter. But if you have a green thumb, early spring might fill you with a sense of dread if you haven’t quite prepared your garden for spring planting. Don’t succumb to garden guilt. Here are five easy tips to get your container or community garden in tip-top shape for the spring planting season. In the Weeds If you’ve found that patches of weeds are beginning to grow in your garden, remove them and dispose of them carefully. Pulling or tearing at certain weeds like couch grass causes the roots to spread, so dig them out with a turning fork or trowel. Do not place the weeds in a compost pile, as you won’t want to accidentally spread the seeds around your garden. Once the weeds are clear, do a thorough clean up by removing leaves and other debris from the beds and borders.
Just because the summer is almost over doesn’t mean you have to hang up the garden tools just yet. Late summer provides the perfect backdrop for planting fall-harvest vegetables, such as butternut squash, snap beans, cabbage, broccoli, kale and cauliflower,…
[caption id="attachment_71101" align="aligncenter" width="607"] Digging and shoveling can burn as much as 250 to 350 calories per half-hour.[/caption] With the first official day of summer fast approaching, you might be longing to get outside and enjoy the sunshine and warmer temperatures. One of the best ways to do so is by gardening, an activity that can be good for the mind, body and soul. Dan Hickey, the former editor of National Gardening magazine, claims that 45 minutes of gardening can burn as many calories as 30 minutes of aerobic exercise. Even if you don’t have a garden in your apartment community, there are many ways to get involved in a local community garden. In honor of National Gardening Exercise Day on June 6, get out in your garden and burn off some calories. Here, we’ve created a guide to help you get started, complete with various activities and tasks associated with gardening and what kind of health benefits you’ll gain from doing them.
[caption id="attachment_61592" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] Peace lilies are low-maintenance plants; they grow well even in low light.[/caption] Living in an apartment or a small space can make it interesting for those who want to do some gardening with indoor flowering plants. Chances are you don’t have a lot of space to work with, so larger plants are out, and a limited amount of natural light isn’t the most favorable of environments for growing plants. Fortunately, you can still reap the benefits of gardening by choosing flowers that are perfect for small spaces. When looking for flowers to grow in your apartment, it’s important to keep in mind plants that are somewhat hardy, don’t require much sunlight and are relatively easy to take care of. Here's our list of the easiest flowers to grow in your apartment.
[caption id="attachment_9491" align="aligncenter" width="425"] Adding a window box with flowers is an easy way to add character to your apartment[/caption] Driving around during the spring means you’ll spot lots of gorgeous and colorful flowers that create beautiful curb appeal for homes. Don’t let living in an apartment discourage you if you’re feeling inspired to plant your own flowers. Grow an indoor garden using mason jars or use hanging pots to show off your pretty flowers on your porch. Another idea is to use a window box to add character to your apartment. Get started with these pointers and tips.