When I moved out of my parents’ home three years ago, I had never thought about apartment gardening but it turned out that a kitchen terrace garden is very practical and also very enjoyable. My husband and I have grown up in an apartment and we have always made sure that the terrace was always free and clear so that we could enjoy the garden whenever we wanted to. We enjoyed planting small trees on the walls of the little apartment and enjoying the flowers and the color of the plants even during the winter. However, this was a small apartment garden and we did not have a great deal of space. This meant that we were restricted to certain plants and certain types of trees. Fortunately, there are some very simple steps that we took that were able to transform the small apartment garden into a beautiful outdoor space.
The first thing that we did was to use the space for growing vegetables. We bought four small containers that we placed on the wall in order to grow cucumbers, onions, peppers and potatoes. These plants were planted on pebbles around the patio that matched the color of our brick walls. It was important to line the containers with pebbles to protect them from damage during the rain. Once the plants were established, we added some netting so that we would be able to bring the pots and other containers outside.
We decided that we were going to have plants for cooking, for barbecuing and for storing other things in the kitchen. So when we moved out of the apartment we went to look at some more apartments that we might consider buying. We found a lovely terrace garden in an apartment building that had a beautiful brick wall with wood accents. The apartment had brick walls throughout and the whole apartment had a very Mediterranean feel to it. The apartment was spacious, very airy and open and there were very few plants in the space.
However, when we moved in we knew that this was going to be a large apartment and we wanted something a bit bigger. So we started looking at other apartment buildings. We discovered that there were some very small spaces in these buildings that had the potential to house a garden. We knew that the smaller plants that we wanted to grow would be very delicate so we decided that if we needed a vegetable garden that we would grow mostly legumes. The vegetables that we chose to grow were all very small and we grew them all in containers on the kitchen windowsill.
Some of these vegetables were so tiny that we actually carried them in hand. We had very tiny pots hanging on the windowsill and the vegetables grew great. In fact, one of my favorite vegetables is parsnips, because they are so small and do not take up a lot of room. The most difficult vegetables to grow were peas, because they take up a lot of room and need a lot of sunlight. Finally, I realized that I could place a window box over the kitchen window and the vegetables would grow nicely.
Our garden now sits proudly in our kitchen and there are many friends that visit us whenever they have the opportunity. We have made it clear from the beginning that we like to have fresh vegetables in the kitchen and we are always happy to see new pots arrive in the mail. This is a very easy way to add color to your kitchen and give your kitchen an extra touch of flare. People that visit us are always amazed by the bright new look of our kitchen and by how easy it is to maintain a beautiful garden.
Many people enjoy growing vegetables and flowers in their own gardens and terraces. They can be used as a focal point or simply for looks. Growing a garden on a terrace gives you more flexibility in terms of where you can place different types of flowers and plants. You can have a variety of vegetables growing on your kitchen terrace or just a few select plants. You can have a vegetable garden that suits your needs and tastes, or you can select plants that you know you will enjoy growing.
If you would like to have some permanent container garden in your yard, you can use a potting soil mix for the base of your garden table. You can then plant beds and containers around your terrace garden. This is one way that you can create the appearance of a garden that can withstand drought and heat. Some people like to use containers so that they can easily move their garden to the extreme side of their home or apartment. Many of us like to move with the seasons, so this is a perfect way to enjoy moving with the weather.