Like so many people, I love to garden, but live in an apartment. This space restriction makes for fewer options in terms of what you can do, but there are still options! In my new(ish) place, I do have a patio, which I did not in my last place, but fire escapes and secure rooftops are also excellent places to set up a little green space of your own.
Some Tomato Glamour Shots...
I really wanted my small space to not only look great and bring some greenery into my life, but also to have practical use. With that in mind, I planted items I purchase on a regular basis for cooking purposes. Now, on to the picks for my apartment/patio garden!
My first choice was a lemon tree. While I am a bigger fan of Meyer lemons, I went with a Eureka Lemon tree, based on price and the quality of what was available. I use so many lemons, I know this will go to good use if (but hopefully when) it produces fruit. The container it is in has a built in reservoir in the bottom, which is great for people who travel, as it allows you to leave the plant for longer than you would otherwise be able to, without pestering someone to come water for you. (Note that with tomatoes you do not have this luxury-- someone better be there to water)! Here is a link to the self-watering pot!
As I mentioned, I chose to plant an Early Girl plant for my tomatoes. As it has been very cold for the first nights since I planted (OF FREAKIN' COURSE...), I am a bit worried about the plant, but I hope that the worst it does is slow down when production starts, but not how much fruit is produced. Finally, I planted some Cinnamon Basil in a small planter. Stay tuned for growth developments!
So, how do you create this look for yourself? Here are my top 5 tips for getting started:
More tips and tricks to come, as the garden comes along!
Finally- for those interested in more information about the gas grill pictured above, it is the
Char-Broil 14601997-DI Bistro Infrared Gas Grill and it is a MAJOR steal at just $135.99, and free shipping with Amazon Prime. I can't tell you how nice it is to be able to grill at home, finally!
I love that the grill is effective, not TOO small, but small enough to not overpower the look of a small space like mine. I also love the aesthetic of it as a whole, with a look more like what you would expect from a charcoal grill.
drew bailey scott
My raison d'etre: Seeking and experiencing that which improves my life in all areas. The purpose of this blog: to share those incredible discoveries with others, hopefully making their lives even better!