Thanks to COVID-19, a new group of gardeners has been born: container gardeners who live in urban apartments.
Being able to grow your own vegetables and fruit or herbs at home is both lucrative and helps you save money, especially if you like to know where and how your food was grown. These days, major farms don’t always use products that are organic which is just another reason why it’s a great idea to grow your own produce. Especially since some parts of the U.S. are better suited for organic farming, you may end up paying a premium for organic produce.
Besides, that way you have control over what the plants are eating as they grow as well as their environment. Not to mention there are so many different types of plants that produce fruit, vegetables, and herbs that can grow easily in an apartment. And to top it off, there are so many other popular plants that can thrive in an apartment. Especially the variety that can happily live inside, like amaryllis.
In addition to the houseplant boom, fruits, vegetables, and herbs can thrive in an apartment. Take a look at some of the easiest produce producing plants for apartment living below.
- Greens for Salads
Lettuce is so much easier to grow than it seems like. Plus, growing salad greens means you’ll be able to up your healthy eating game directly from your patio. These plants, like lettuce, spinach, arugula and more, don’t have too many preferences about their living conditions. They do love to be watered, though.
Tomatoes are a little bit bigger than some other plants that can thrive in apartments, but there are so many varieties of tomatoes that there will be a species suited for your living arrangements. Some even climb, which is to say they can live in a hanging container! For tomatoes, you’ll want to make sure you have a deeper container as their roots can get quite long and large.
- Meyer Lemons
Little citrus trees, like Meyer lemons, are easy to grow on your patio or even in your living room if there’s enough sunlight. They love humidity, sunlight, and space to grow. This is another plant that needs a larger pot or container, specifically one that can catch the sap from the tree should it begin to weep.
Strawberries are a really easy fruit to grow at home. Just like salad greens, Strawberries love water and moisture. They need a good deal of sunlight, just like Meyer lemon trees, so a place that’s sunny and easily accessible works well for these berries.
You can grow mint, chives, basil, thyme, and even lavender inside. Herbs grown indoors likely won’t grow as large as their outdoor counterparts, but that’s quite okay. Being able to use fresh herbs in your meals ups your cooking game, for sure.
Just because you live in a small apartment with a phenomenal view of the hustle and bustle of city life, doesn’t mean you can’t grow your own produce at home!