The Apartment Farmer

by ashley

by Ashley Morgan

Eating locally is an amazing step towards a fresher, healthier and more sustainable way of life, for yourself and your community. With that in mind, what could be more local than your own balcony? I personally am a city-dweller, living right in the midst of a sea of high-rises, a true concrete jungle. However my surroundings have not hindered me from cultivating a thriving kitchen garden, while small, baring the fruits of many plants. All you need is a sunny spot, a way to irrigate (whether that be a fancy watering system or just a simple watering can) and lots of patience. I change my garden every season, planting new and exotic plants to keep me entertained. But even just a bit of green and a sprinkling flowers will brighten your mood and home. When shopping for plants, be sure to read the labels for the proper sunlight recommendations (full sun, partial sun, full shade) and choose dwarf varieties of larger plants to maximize space on your balcony. I haven’t yet been able to get one, however I would love a dwarf lime or lemon tree. The scent of the leaves is intoxicating, and the dwarf variety can easily be grown in a container. I’ve included some photos of my past endeavors in my little piece of jungle. Feel free to comment below if you need help cultivating your own kitchen garden.

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