Straight Outta My Kitchen Sustainable Growing
For those who live in condos and apartments, you want to make the most of the space you set aside for growing your own food. Raised bed gardens, tiny plots, Container Gardening, and other techniques help you grow more in less space. You can grow up to 10 times the amount of produce in the same space with raised beds. In a raised garden box, you keep outside weeds from your garden soil, prevent water run off and soil compaction. You can work, water, weed, and fertilize as economically as possible.
Condo and apartment balconies have their unique challenges. The sun conditions. The ideal direction is to have a South-facing balcony without many or any other tall building to obstruct the sun as it typically receives sun for the majority of the day. A West-facing location is second best, typically receiving direct sun from the early afternoon onwards into the evening. An East-facing location can still grow a variety of greens and herbs, but often sun and heat-loving plants don’t grow as well. Balcony walls and railings can also work to limit the sun that reaches your plants. If you have an opaque wall or railing, it is recommended raising the height of the plants/planters to give them as much time in the sun as you can. If this is your situation, consider propping your planters up on a stand or using a vertical garden for your balcony.