Growing Vegetables in an Apartment

Overview

Container gardens allow you to grow vegetables from inside your apartment. Even if you do not have a patio, balcony or other outdoor space, containers filled with vegetable plants can be set in a sunny window. South- and east-facing windows are best, as most vegetables require six hours of sunlight a day. Herbs and root crops can be grown in windows that receive less light, as they thrive with fewer hours of direct sun.

Step 1

Combine 1 cup 5-10-10 fertilizer and 1 cup dolomite lime with 16 gallons of soil-less potting mix. Soil-less mixes are lightweight and sterile, making them suitable for container gardening.

Step 2

Fill a planter or other container to within 1 inch of the rim with the potting mix. Use containers that have at least one drainage hole on the bottom.

Step 3

Plant the vegetable seedlings at the same depth in the container that they are at in their nursery pots. Space them at the recommended spacing indicated on the plant label in all directions, ignoring the row spacing measurements.

Step 4

Water the pots from the top until the extra moisture begins draining from the bottom. Check the soil moisture every two to three days, and water again when the top 2 inches of soil just begin to feel dry.

Step 5

Rotate the plant containers in the window every other day. Rotating allows the plant to receive light on all sides, encouraging it to grow straight and strong.

Step 6

Fertilize the plants a second time once they begin setting fruit or at mid-season for leaf vegetables. Apply a balanced, soluble fertilizer at the rate recommended on the package.

Tips and Warnings

  • If the edges of the leaves begin browning, yellowing or appearing scorched, the plants are likely overfertilized. Hold off on fertilization until the plants return appear healthy again.

Things You'll Need

  • Potting mix
  • Dolomite lime
  • 5-10-10 fertilizer
  • Containers
  • Seedlings
  • Soluble fertilizer

References

  • Arizona Master Gardener: Container Gardens
  • Washington State University Extension: Container Vegetable Gardening
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About this Author

Jenny Harrington has been a freelance writer since 2006. Her published articles have appeared in various print and online publications, including the "Dollar Stretcher." Previously, she owned her own business, selling handmade items online, wholesale and at crafts fairs. Harrington's specialties include small business information, crafting, decorating and gardening.