The South Carolina summer heat is here! If you’re looking for a fun way to stay cool and brighten your apartment, we’ve got the perfect suggestion: build a container garden! What’s not to love? It adds beautiful plants to your home, the herbs smell wonderful, and you can enjoy fresh ingredients when you’re cooking. Container gardens can be any size you’d like and are ideal for apartments. Plus, the garden can continue produce throughout the year.
The best part? Starting a container garden isn’t difficult. We’ve got some green thumb tips to get you going.
- Location, Location, Location: As with many things in life, one key to a container garden’s success is where it’s placed in your apartment. Most herbs and vegetables require at least a few hours of sunlight day. Find a spot with lots of great sunshine! Outdoor spaces, such as balconies and patios, are good in warm months. Consider placing your container garden on a table near a large window or sliding glass door as an alternative.
- Plant What You Like: Container gardens are so great because you can use the food you grow when cooking. It adds in an extra layer of love to those meals! Think about what type of herbs or veggies you like and focus on those. You’ll be more motivated to care for the garden knowing your favorite flavors are growing. Some of the best type of plants for a container garden include basil, sage, thyme, cilantro, red and green cabbage, and small tomatoes. Here’s a tip: conduct some research online or at a local nursery to learn more about what plants grow best in your area.
- Plan Your Supplies: Once your location is set and you’ve decided what to plant, you should make a list of the tools and materials to create the container garden. Fortunately, these great little gardens don’t require much. If you’re feeling especially creative, consider making your own planters. If not, there’s an abundance of pots and containers available at many stores. Check out The Spruce for a helpful list of materials you should gather for your container garden.
- Create Your Masterpiece: Now that you’ve got everything, it’s time to build that garden. Have fun with it and enjoy the process. Apartment Therapy has a great set of instructions for building a container garden and we highly recommend it. Here’s another tip: If you purchase pots with small holes in the bottom but want to keep your container garden indoors, simply add a few coffee filters to the bottom of the pot to minimize leaking.
We hope you can create your own container garden using these helpful tips. Gardening can be a wonderful process and think of the fresh ingredients you’ll have access to that you grew! If you have your own tips and insights, don't forget to share them on the Abberly Pointe Facebook page.