Does anyone have suggestions for growing some of your own food in a compact apartment?
P.S. I live in Australia, so I can't get many of the products people mention, but the ideas are still great and wonderfully creative.
Our efforts at gardening in an apartment with a tiny walkway stoop have been mostly restricted to herbs. Pots of basil, rosemary, sage, and mint are easy and decorative too. You can keep them down to small pots with regular pruning, or you can fill larger pots and get a big yield. We also love our lemongrass plant, although you practically need a lawnmower to keep it down once it gets going.
We tried small tomatoes one summer too and they were a hit. Look for tomato varieties that are small, with small fruit. You will still need at least a five-gallon container for a tomato plant, though. We like the bush varieties with thick stems that don't need to be staked.
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