Advice for the Indoor Gardener

IMG_0871Looking to add some plants to your apartment rental? Creating an indoor garden is one way to refresh your apartment. Whether your apartment is in the heart of Manhattan or in a suburban area like Union County, New Jersey, having your own indoor garden can add a breath of fresh air to your residence. Doing this is also a great way to make your apartment greener and more eco-friendly.




IMG_0889Start on a Budget

Starting your garden doesn’t require you to pay lots of money. You can simply start freshening your apartment by purchasing flowers from your local grocery store. This simple addition will add some color and make your kitchen smell nice.




GardenCommunities3Your First Step Towards Success: Location, Location, Location.

The best place to put your indoor garden is near a window that faces south or east. Avoid putting it near vents or heaters because it will dry the plant. It’s also a good idea to avoid drafty areas like right by your front door. When you purchase seeds, check the label to see the hardiness of your plant. The hardier your plant is, the more flexibility you have in terms of lighting and temperature. You will not know what spots work best until you try it. If you’re in a tight apartment, you can try to stack your plants against a small wall like this example below.



Water Your Plants… But Not Too Much

Despite what you may think, giving your plants extra water may do more harm than good. It limits the amount of oxygen that your plant is able to take in, and can also attract pesky gnats and bacterial infections. Signs of overwatering your plant can include old and new leaves falling at the same time, mold growth on flowers, and mushy, rotten smelling roots.

Another way you can ensure that your plants are receive a deep, but not too intense watering is to put aquarium gravel that you can find at your local pet store above your soil. The rocks will help protect the soil and keep it from turning into mud.



Yes, Your Garden Can Get Dusty

Like other things in your apartment, your garden requires some TLC in order to keep dust away. For houseplants, you can wipe the leaves with lukewarm water. For larger plants, a simple rinse in your shower will work. Make sure that the plant dries before returning it to its home.



GardenCommunities2Plant Organization

When you first start your indoor garden, you may have a tough time remembering which pots have what plants. Avoid this by writing the name of the plant on a sticky note or index card, and attach it to the pot or put it near your plant. If you want to get sophisticated and really be organized, you can paint the actual fruit, vegetable or plant onto a rock, like the example below.


Did You Know You Can Plant Fruits or Vegetables Indoors?

You don’t need to have a garden or backyard GardenCommunitiesanymore to plant your favorite fruits and veggies. Miracle-Gro’s Aerogarden allows you to plant fresh herbs, vegetables, flowers and salad greens in tight spaces. You can even grow these inside of a studio apartment.



Become Eco-Friendly by Reusing Items Around Your House

There are many ways to make your apartment more eco-friendly, and one way is by re-using and re-purposing your household items. Many of the items that you are no longer using in your house can live a second life in your garden. For example, you can regrow garlic sprouts from a garlic clove.

Creating an indoor garden is one way to make your apartment more eco-friendly. Find the right apartment community for you and get gardening!