OK, so you have a balcony or small patio. You used to garden somewhere else, now that you are 2 to 3 floors up, what can you grow? Or can you…..
Let’s say that you find 2 pots that are about the size of a 5 gallon bucket. There you can grow a Determinate and an Indeterminate Tomato. One is for sauces, one is for those great salads or sandwiches. Determinate types, you may want to remember how to can. 3 or 4 one gallon pots, there’s your Pepper varieties. Maybe one that is around 14″ wide and 12 inches tall? An Eggplant. A couple of window boxes and there are some nice Lettuce or other Cold Crops. Throw in another one, about 5 gallon size, and think of the Cukes or Potatoes vining everywhere. That old aquarium that leaks or has no use? Just 6 to 8 inches of soil, and Carrots, Radish, Parsnip, or even Pole Beans climbing out. That’s a lot of money saved in your grocery budget.
Wait, there’s more. There may be a pantry in a silly spot you don’t use much. Add some cheap lighting, a few recycled, up-cycled items and there’s a nice seed starting area for February. Tomato, Pepper and Eggplant, they take the longest, and will be ready for your transplanting in mid April.
So, being in an apartment or town home doesn’t mean you can’t have some garden therapy and save money by growing your own food. Share with neighbors, have fun, get the kids involved, it never ends. I will be giving lectures at apartment community centers through January so the tenants can have time to find their proper items. If you want me to give one to your community in the Richmond area, have your community center rep email me at Kevin@Kevinsgarden.com to set a date. Then the fun begins. I go thru everything from seed starting, container sizes, soil, racking, watering sunlight requirements, feeding, and more. The fee is only $10.00 per person, and one complex may want me there all day as the residents are able to attend, done that before, and it’s a blast because once in, I had people come back during the day asking if “This is the right thing”… I was there 9 hours, and got everyone. In case you missed my segment with WWBT’s “More Bang For Your Buck” about small space gardening, here’s the link.