Grow a New York Garden in Your Apartment? Yes, You Can!
You may think that having your very own New York garden inside your own apartment is impossible, but it’s not. Even here in the city, there is absolutely no reason you can’t have fresh herbs and produce grown in your own home. We’ll show you how.
One of the most frustrating things about living in densely populated urban areas is the lack of private garden space. However, if you think that your dream of a private New York garden in the middle of the city will never be realized, think again. it’s time for you to stop settling for that sallow bodega broccoli and start growing some green in your pad. Once you and your friends have tasted a garden salad grown in the parlor floor of your Greenwich Village apartment (or wherever it is you end up moving to in the city), you’ll never look at a salad bar the same way again.
Urban Gardening Tip #1: Get an AeroGarden
No patio? No problem! Prepare to have your mind blown with the AeroGarden, which gives you the ability to grow everything from salad greens to cherry tomatoes in your apartment. Attractive and easy to use, this indoor hydroponic grow kit is perfect for people who are looking for ease and simplicity when it comes to their urban indoor gardens. It comes in several sizes, with the smallest no bigger than a coffee pot. Thanks to the control pad, you can take care of your gardening chores with the push of a button. Set it up on your kitchen counter or any other space in your pad — its artificial sunlight bulbs ensure you can get results in even the darkest recess of your apartment. Depending on what you’ve decided to grow, you can be eating fresh produce mere weeks after setup.
Urban Gardening Tip #2: Try Click and Grow
If pushing a button, you don’t want to grow anything larger than herbs, and you hate the idea of having to remember to water something once a week, the Kickstarter-funded Click and Grow Smart Herb Garden is right up your alley. Its sleek Scandinavian design will appeal to the pickiest aesthete. Consisting of a sleek white box prefilled with seed, smart soil (no dirty dirt here!), the Click and Grow systems come equipped with built-in irrigation systems that make sure that your herbs are kept sufficiently hydrated. A built-in LED light source and automatic fertilization complete the package, ensuring that there’s virtually nothing that you have to do. If, after all your hard work, you start wishing that you could grow things like tomatoes and strawberries, you can do that, too.
Urban Gardening Tip #3: Grow a Windowsill Garden
With all of this newfangled technology, it’s easy to forget that the old-fashioned indoor gardening methods that apartment dwellers have been using for eons still work just fine. The windowsill garden is perfect for people with windows that get light for a good portion of the day. If your windowsill only gets partial light, you can find nice-looking grow lights that are perfectly sized for apartments. With the right setup, you can grow everything from greens to tomatoes to herbs in your apartment’s own New York garden.
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