How to Start a Garden in Your Apartment

Rebecca Flad    City Gardening

We don’t all have access to a garden nowadays. Especially with apartment and condo buildings being built left and right, it becomes nearly impossible to start a garden without living in a rural area. Well, that’s only true if you don’t know where to look. Luckily, we have a guide on how you can start a garden in your apartment no matter where you live.

Where to Plant?

Before you start a garden in your apartment, it’s important to find the most suitable place to begin with. Consider choosing any of the following areas ┬áto start building your household garden:

Fire Escape

This is a pretty common place for city-dwellers to begin their descent into organic gardening at home. So many of us lack an area to begin a garden in our small city apartments, but have a fire escape ready to take on its purpose of producing garden plants. Gardening containers and pots can go right on the landing and stairs. Just be sure to secure the containers to avoid anything falling and harming a passerby. Also, leave some room for walking back and forth, you know in case there is a fire and you need to escape!


You can fit a nice sized garden right on your balcony or outdoor patio. Bring out some pots and containers to be filled with your favorite organic soil and plant seeds. Balconies and patios are awesome areas to start a garden in your apartment, plus it serves as a beautiful outdoor decoration.

Walls and Railings

Hanging and vertical gardening techniques are popular amongst city gardeners. We’ve taken plants to gravity defying areas by hanging pots, containers or bottles filled with soil and sprouts to be mounted on handrails and other nearby railings. Use a structure like a wall-mounted shoe rack to mount your containers on, or build your own wall-mounted structure. This is pretty much a DIY that anyone can do.


You can easily find or build a windowsill box/container to house a few plants. When you start a garden in your apartment, utilize the space below your window as it can house some essential gardening plants.

Front, Back and Side Yards

Try talking to your landlord about starting a garden in the front, back or side yards/lawns. Many apartment buildings have this space available for grass and flowers, so some veggie or fruit plants can really spice up the homeowner’s land. Who knows, they could be on board instantly!

What to Plant?

Now that you’ve chosen an area to begin your garden, even if it’s hanging off the side of your building, it’s time to start choosing which seeds to plant. Some of us may want our garden to nurse organic vegetables, fruit or simply a set of beautiful flowers. Here are some common, easy-to-grow plants you could begin growing in your city garden:


Okay, so this one might not necessarily need a garden or soil to begin with, but once it sprouts it will. Take an avocado pit, we’re sure you have some lying around, and poke some toothpicks into it. Suspend it in a glass of water, pointy side of the seed aimed upward, and place near a window as it begins to sprout. Once it does, plant it in one of your garden containers.


Herbs are pretty easy to grow, making them ideal for apartment gardens. Gather some basil, rosemary, mint, ginger, cilantro or parsley seeds. These are the most common herbs you could find – and plant them in your garden containers. They require little effort and basic gardening upkeep.


Plant some tomatoes in your garden and watch them grow. Be sure to keep them in a place where they can receive at least 12 hours of sunlight a day.

Lemons, Limes and Oranges

Another plant that could use some gardening love are lemons, limes and oranges. These offer a way to spruce up your garden by adding a citrusy scent and zest to your meals. These also require lots of sunlight.

Other Easy to Grow & Edible Plants:

When you start a garden in your apartment, you’re giving yourself a way to relax and produce something beautiful an a crammed and loud city. Gardening eases our minds, so consider creating yours in your city home.

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