Here at Morguard, we enjoy sharing tips that can add to the lifestyle and comprehensive amenities found at your apartment community. Having more edible plant-life around your pad is a fun and therapeutic hobby, which reaps the literal benefit of nutrition from a reliable source: your own home. We are happy to share tips on how to grow foods at home and it’s easier than you might think to grow produce in an apartment setting, even if all you have to work with is a windowsill. At Morguard, we not only care about delivering quality service to our residents, but also a quality lifestyle, which includes the organic garden experience in any space.
Get Your Greens On and Eat What You Grow
Eating healthy doesn’t always mean buying your fruits and veggies. Take advantage of your Morguard balcony, patio, or even just the space next to your windows to grow healthy foods. You can supplement your regular food shopping with some healthy fruits, vegetables, and herbs that you can grow here at your Morguard apartment.
If you have very little room for growing anything here are 6 food growing tips from Apartment Therapy:
1. How to Plant a Super Easy Tomato Container Garden - If you want to grow tomatoes this summer, now's the time to plant them.
2. How to Plant a Terrarium in a Jar - Terrariums are hot right now. Here's how to make your own for pennies.
3. How to Grow a Salad Greens Windowbox Garden - Tips for an edible indoor garden.
4. How to Re-Pot Your Houseplants - Helpful tips on how to move your plants into a bigger pot.
5. How to Make a One-Pot Indoor Herb Garden - A great guide for cooks who want to grow their own herbs for gourmet creations.
6. How to Start a Container Garden - Tips for growing lettuce, arugula, tomatoes, and herbs
The Best Foods to Grow in a Small Space Container Garden
Remember, when you're starting your garden, to do your research, and make sure your soil, lighting conditions, and climate are right for your plants before you start. That being said, here are our Morguard greenthumb list of the best planting options for small containers:
Easy to grow and delicious for snacking, strawberries can be grown in containers like this one to save space.
Blueberries can be grown in small(ish) containers, provided you get the right variety. Check out the Top Hat and Peach Sorbet varieties. Blueberries grow quite well if you plant them in peat moss or acidic soil.
Tomatoes are a home favorite, because the tomatoes you get at the grocery store just can't be compared to the freshness and taste of homegrown ones. Tomatoes will grow quite well in a container, provided you have a large enough container. Try at least a 15 gallon pot or tub. You can also grow them upside down, which will give you a little more yield for your space, and won't require caging or staking like growing tomatoes upright will.
Like tomatoes, peppers (hot peppers or bell peppers) will flourish happily in containers, provided you give them enough space. They also may need to be staked. Peppers, like tomatoes, prefer full sun.
Citrus Trees (Dwarf Varieties)
Growing your own citrus is delicious, and it smells good too. Some kinds of citrus, like key limes, are naturally suited to containers, and others, like the blood orange, come in dwarf varieties that occupy a smaller footprint.
Group Pots Together
Grouping containers together like this is not only visually appealing, but it also helps to create a more humid mini climate for the plants, reducing moisture loss from both leaves and potting mix. Get tips for selecting the right container here.
Morguard Encourages You To Go Green
We are glad to reinforce the core value of sustainability at Morguard. Even if it is just a bowl of tasty strawberries and some butter lettuce, if you grow it yourself, you are promoting sustainability too! How awesome will it feel to prepare a meal with things you cultivated? Sweet! Our Morguard focus on green living and healthy food choices pays dividends.
We hope these tips have given you food for thought on how to enjoy green apartment living, in the form of smart shopping, healthy food preparation, and efficiently using your Morguard kitchen space. If we have inspired you, consider inspiring our team, by referring someone looking for an apartment, or a career! If you know someone who shares the same vision as our culture at Morguard, consider us for those seeking jobs in apartment management and property management.