5 Tips for Planning a Garden in Your Condo

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5 Tips for Planning a Garden in Your Condo

Staff Writer · Aug 4, 2010

Living in a condominium presents intricate, yet manageable challenges when planning a garden. It is important to decide on specific choices including species, location, risk and potential rules to make your garden an enjoyable stress-free experience.

1. Abide by Rules of Your Condo Regarding Gardens

Check your condominium bylaws for mention of any rules and/or regulations indicating personal or community gardening. Occasionally there will be restrictions if planting on a terrace, as well as specific regulations against specific species that are not allowable given their predisposition to possibly attract pests. If you are planning a condo community garden there may have to be a vote on everything from location, species, etc.

2. Thoughtfully Choose the Location of Your Garden

Make sure you choose the proper location for your garden. Although one spot may look aesthetically pleasing it might not be the optimal source of light or sound. Plants not only thrive on sunlight, they can also flourish near vibration, so sound is actually a valid concern. While many sounds work well for the growth of a plant,  someone living with you that enjoys loud, gnawing music may prevent your garden from flourishing. This also includes any nearby droning of a rooftop, a ground level mechanical unit or even continual traffic congestion. When you do choose the optimal location for your garden, take note of the available sunlight throughout the day as well as the lack thereof.

3. Consider Species Beforehand to Optimize Proper Organization

There are two types of gardens: flower or vegetable (including herbs). Deciding what type of species you want, in a well thought out floor plan, will make the inception of your garden organized and that much more potentially flourishing. Regardless of how you design your garden, it will take much attention and instinct given the constant fluctuations of temperature, light, humidity, toxins, etc.

Flower gardens are less work and produce vibrant, pleasant colors that will accent your condo accordingly. Vegetable gardens are slightly more work, also sustain some desirable colors, reap organic, succulent produce, but do not fit into a luxury condo setting as much as flowers do.

4. Consider the Best Indoor Flower Choices

The following is a list of the best flowers to garden indoors or on a terrace:

-African Violet – this plant flowers beautiful, velvety leaves and needs little light and minimal attention.
-Bromeliads – spiky, luscious, red plumes emerge from this flowering plant that also thrives in low light.
-Zebra Plant – this is a very interesting species to add to your garden as it sports deep green leaves with white stripes and when in bloom flowers a bright yellow, feathery center. This plant also thrives in low light.
-Orchids – although some orchids can be sensitive, most will thrive in strong light and with daily watering. Orchids produce a plethora of colors in stunning, breathtaking bursts.
-The Jasmine plant grows well indoors and emits a wonderful fragrance year round. It seems that the species, The Maid of Orleans, is the best choice. Full or partial light will do for jasmine.

5. Consider the Best Indoor Vegetable Garden Choices

The following is a list of the best vegetables to garden indoors or on a terrace:

-Lettuce – ready to eat in about twenty-five days, lettuce is the perfect vegetable to grow in your condo. You will need a long container to grow in and plenty of light.
-Beans grow well by a window and produce aesthetic tiny flowers in the beginning. Kids particularly love bean plants.
-Tomatoes – there is a great contraption that allows you to grow tomatoes upside down. It is easy to use and virtually mess free. Plus the tomatoes come out huge.

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