Asked on Jan 03, 2016

Ideas for gardening in a small apartment with no balcony

Carmen Mijares
by Carmen Mijares
Hello ... Can you give me some ideas to make a garden in my apartment which has no balcony but it does have a large window? Thanks so much!
q graden, container gardening, gardening, plant care
  10 answers
  • Polly Zieper Polly Zieper on Jan 03, 2016
    do you want vegetables/herbs, or pretty plants?

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    • Carmen Mijares Carmen Mijares on Jan 04, 2016
      through this product I have been gradually giving personal touches to my home that are very rare to see in the culture of our country. I am very grateful for their support

  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Jan 03, 2016
    Are you looking for ways to display your plants?

    • Carmen Mijares Carmen Mijares on Jan 04, 2016
      @Janet Pizaro Yes. right photo there is also a window. I wanted to find a way to arrange and see a nice little garden

  • Snapoutofit Snapoutofit on Jan 03, 2016
    a plant stand/shelf or a type of narrow window box to put on the ledge

  • Dfm Dfm on Jan 03, 2016
    the 1st ting i would do is monitor how much sun the window is getting- how many hours? enough light for veggies 6-8 hours? 4 to 6 for most house plants/ shade plants.. how warm is it by the glass? at 50 degree f most plants will exist but not grow. 60-70 degree f is better. then protect the painted ledge from water damage. for veggies- leaf lettuce, herbs, geraniums- (lemon leaf is my favorite), smaller veggies like tom thumb carrots, radish, starts of tomatoes or peppers - to be potted to larger pots or grow bags later, or into a hanging pot- cherry tomatoes worked best for me. you can also add addition light using daylight cfl's in a pole type fixture. house plants? choose those marked part shade. don't forget to turn you window plants once a week or so....plants will follow the light an lean toward it. turning them keeps them more up right.

    • Carmen Mijares Carmen Mijares on Jan 04, 2016
      @Dfm hank you. Through the large window very bright sun from 11am until about 4pm. Plants that are on the floor light reaches them from about two to about 4 in the afternoon. The main thing I want is pretty herbs and plants that can withstand heat because I am close to the beach. Enter marine humidity and sometimes with some sand . I do not want to separate the room with a balcony but make a nice space where you can enjoy the sea and sky clarity, taking my coffee in the mornings watching my plants .

  • M c M c on Jan 04, 2016
    choose plants of varying heights, and put the shorter plants closest to the glass, so they are not shaded out by the larger plants

  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Jan 04, 2016
    My suggestion is to first look around your place and see if anything can be utilized for a plant stand.If not , I would search around your town in thrift stores for either an old bar cart,bakers rack,small ladders,anything that you think for be of good repurpose.Should you find what you are looking for arrange your plants according to light needs and plants heights making sure the taller ones are in the back.Make sure you rotate every week for even growth.

  • Ann Ann on Jan 04, 2016
    As mentioned, a plant stand or shelf will double your growing space. Also, a couple of hanging planters will draw your eye up. Right now in chilly Oregon I have a hot pink cyclamen and also a Christmas cactus blooming in my kitchen window plus a dozen other houseplants under skylights. You have a good start from your picture! Good luck!

  • Carmen Mijares Carmen Mijares on Jan 04, 2016
    Thank you very so excited to start this project...

  • Becky H Becky H on Jan 05, 2016
    There are many factors to consider when beginning an indoor plant garden/display, and multiple ways of increasing your "grow space". Light, humidity, water and nutrients are important to avoid insect infestation and fungal infections. Before buying each plant, research its requirements on line, so you know where to begin. The type of plant pot used will also impact how often the plant will require water. Non porous containers retain moisture longer since they don't breathe. Clay/terra cotta pots breathe, consequently, will require watering more often. Pot drainage is important! Increasing light to increase growing space is easy. Full length mirrors will reflect available light, allowing for more plants. Grow lights work well too. Not all plants need be grown in separate containers; several with the same light and moisture requirements can be planted together in a large pot, I.e. A palm with small plants, vining or full. Experiment with using foliage color instead of blooms for additional vibrancy. Keep in mind interest can be found in a variety of leaf colors, shapes and textures. If all is the same green, it will visualize as one plant. Humidity can be achieved by using humidity trays. The key to successful gardening is knowing your plant requirements.

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    • Carmen Mijares Carmen Mijares on Jan 07, 2016
      @Becky H Thanks , I'll take these tips in mind , especially the pots , since most are plastic.

  • Carmen Mijares Carmen Mijares on Jan 07, 2016
    Thanks to all of you , I am committed to doing a nice job in my garden. I hope to show it soon.