Apartment Garden

Asked October 22, 2014, 9:43 PM EDT

Hello everyone,

I am currently taking a class on gardening and it brought to my attention the idea of starting a garden on my apartment balcony. I know that there is very little space so is it possible for me to start a small garden here or is the space restriction going to be a problem? Also if there are any suggestions on what I should plant or things that would thrive in that environment that would be great!

Multnomah County Oregon container gardening horticulture

1 Response

Balcony gardening can be done. Challenges include the sun exposure, watering issues (does it run onto neighbor below?), and building apartment complex rules. Water weighs a lot, so the structure's strength might be considered too.
If all of this checks out, then you have containers and plants to choose. The bigger the container, the more soil, so the longer you can generally wait between waterings. Twice a day in the summer is likely, so vacations become another consideration.
Here are some articles from OSU Extension to give even more help:
"Container vegetable gardens good for small spaces" http://extension.oregonstate.edu/gardening/node/1035
"No yard space? Here's how to grow a container vegetable garden" http://extension.oregonstate.edu/gardening/node/876
"Check drainage to avoid salt buildup in planters" http://extension.oregonstate.edu/gardening/check-drainage-avoid-salt-build-planters
"Start an herb garden on your kitchen windowsill this fall" http://extension.oregonstate.edu/gardening/start-herb-garden-your-kitchen-windowsill-fall