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Growing your own food can be a fun, rewarding experience, though you may think it’s impossible if you don’t have a yard.
In reality, there are numerous ways to grow food if you live in an urban environment, apartment, or home without a yard.
When I first started growing food, I lived in an apartment with a tiny deck and was able to grow a ton of tomatoes and a variety of herbs. Even though I now have a yard, I still use some of my old techniques to grow edible plants in containers and indoors.
Whether you try your hand at growing herbs on your windowsill or salad greens that don’t need soil, the opportunities are vast.
Here are 6 great ways to grow your own food without a yard or land.
Think vegetables can only grow in the ground? Think again!
Some veggies grow very well in pots. If you don’t have a yard but have a deck, patio, or porch, container gardening is a great choice.
Start by doing some research on types of vegetables to grow in containers. My favorite options include herbs, sugar snap peas, lettuce and other greens, tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant. Certain root veggies, such as beets, potatoes, and radishes, may also work.
Next, get some pots — clay or plastic — with one or more holes on the bottom for drainage. Herbs can grow in small pots, but most other veggies need large deep ones. Use a plant saucer under the pots to catch the drainage.
Grow bags from companies like Smart Pot are another option. They’re super convenient and lighter than clay or ceramic pots.
Fill the pots or bags with a potting mix that gives veggies the nutrients they need, such as potting soil with organic matter.
Then, plant the veggie seeds according to the package instructions or the pre-grown seedlings that you got at a nursery or grocery store. If you’re planting veggies that need support, such as peas or tomatoes, use a trellis, tomato cage, or stakes.
Place the pots in a sunny area and don’t forget to water them. Depending on the weather in your area, you may need to water potted vegetables every other day or even daily. When the top inch (2.5 cm) of soil is dry, it’s time to water.
Multiple kinds of vegetables grow well in pots or bags on patios, decks, or porches. Be sure to research the types of veggies that you can plant in containers, use appropriate soil, and provide plenty of water.
If you live in an apartment or urban home with an accessible rooftop, you have a great area to grow food.
In fact, rooftops are often ideal for veggies that need a lot of sun, as they’re usually not shaded by trees or other buildings.
You can grow veggies on a rooftop in pots, containers, or bags just like you would on a patio or deck. For a more efficient use of space, consider building or purchasing elevated or tiered planters. Elevated planters often include a large rectangular…
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