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Easy Techniques on Apartment Gardening For Beginners

Sep 3, 2008
Apartment gardening can be as easy as one pleases even for first time gardeners. Here are some easy and useful techniques to create your gardening tour de force regardless of how little or big a space you have in your apartment:

1. Learn about the basics of gardening, such as the following:

* Start with a good soil. You have to get the kind of soil that grows plant best. Tip: check for soil that easily disintegrates in your hands. Sometimes, you have to use additives like sand, clay, or compost to get the best soil.

* You need to water the plants on an average of 1 inch deep weekly. Tip: water the plants for a longer time, preferably in the morning, with less frequency will make for healthy yield. It is also important that you check on your plants regularly and don't let them dry out.

* Anticipate pests. You can always pest-proof your garden and make it green and healthy. Use your best judgment whether to go for pesticides (there are several around), or you can always go natural and environment-friendly. Tip: Should you opt for pesticides, be sure to dispose them properly-never down the drain or in the garbage where accidental spilt can occur. To avoid pest problems before they occur, choose plants that are most appropriate for the kind of garden environment that you have.

2. Make sure to devote some time for your plants. Just like any masterpieces, you have to invest time and effort plus tender love and care to nurture your plants. If you can't do this at the moment, then don't start with the natural greens, instead you may use artificial plants as stand-in.

3. Find the plants that go best with the kind of environment that you have. If your garden is to be located inside your apartment, you may want to try a spider plant that requires minimal attention, space, and sunlight. Definitely a breeze for beginners. Another plant that is very lenient of apartment living is the leafy Chinese evergreen. It has also the capability to clean the air in your home. There are many other varieties of indoor plants that you can find around. Choose the one that suits your condition most.

4. Bear in mind that even if you have chosen to grow indoor plants that are low maintenance, you will have to give them some attention. Just like any other living things, these are the requisites to grow them healthy: systematic watering, a little bit of feeding, right temperature, occasional spruce up, adequate light, and a dab of moisture.

Always remember that you have to love what you are doing. Plants are like people, show them love and they bloom. They're attention seekers at time, too. They will be happy if you give them their own space. But no matter how much space you have in your apartment, you can always create your own garden masterpiece, nourish your plants, and help maintain clean, green, and healthy environment.

Enjoy gardening!
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