How to Grow Fruits & Vegetables in the City


People who live in urban areas don't have yards or gardens in which to grow their own vegetables. It is possible, however, for people in inner city apartment buildings to grow the same vegetables that people with yards grow. Armed with a few pots and packets of seeds, an apartment dweller can grow their own vegetables.

Step 1

Gather containers to grow vegetable plants in. These do not have to be flower pots. Plastic storage bins, buckets and dishpans can serve as containers for vegetable plants.

Step 2

Fill the containers with potting mix (not potting soil). Potting mix is richer and more nutritious for your growing plants.

Step 3

Plant seedlings or sow seeds in the potting mix. All seeds require a specific depth for planting. If planting seeds, follow the directions on the packets. Brush the potting mix back over the seeds, and leave it loosely covering them. Tamping down over the seeds makes it too difficult for them to break through the soil's crust.

Step 4

If you planted seedlings, water them immediately, to help the root system work the trapped oxygen bubbles out of the soil. Let the water drain out into the sink or tub.

Step 5

People with balconies can place their vegetable plants out in the sunlight. Keep the potting mix moist (not wet).

Step 6

If you are growing your plants indoors, find the sunniest window in your home. South-facing windows are best, followed by east and west-facing windows. Place your plants in the light of this window. Make sure plants get at least eight hours of unfiltered sunlight each day. If you don't have a sunny window, place a grow light over your plants to help them grow.

Things You'll Need

  • Containers (flower pots, buckets, plastic bins)
  • Potting mix
  • Seeds or seedlings


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Cyn Vela is a freelance writer and professional blogger. Her work has been published on dozens of websites, as well as in local print publications. Vela's articles usually focus on where her passions lie: writing, web development, blogging, parenting, gardening, and health and wellness. She studied English literature at Del Mar College, and at the University of Texas at San Antonio.