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|Gardening in the City|
|Written by Cameron Tyler|
By now, everyone knows the benefits of growing your own food, such as lessening the chance of allergies and other adverse reactions when you eat something that's been exposed to pesticides and other chemicals. Additionally, people who grow their own food are more likely to eat more vegetables, which improves your overall health and a healthy lifestyle now can mean fewer medical expenses later.
If you live in an apartment, you may think it's impossible for you to have a garden until you move into a home with a backyard, but this is simply not the case. You can easily have a small garden inside your apartment or on your balcony. If you're concerned about eating food that is organically grown, why not grow your own?
Make some space. Making space is going to be the hard part. You will want the garden in an area of your apartment where it will not disturb your normal movements. Also, there are bugs to think about. Like it or not, pests will come. You do not want to put your garden plants right next to your sofa or bed, so opt for a nice corner instead. Choosing a place that gets a good amount of sunlight will give you the best of both worlds when it comes to lighting. You can use both sunlight and artificial light for your plants. Make sure that there are electrical outlets nearby for any lighting you will need. Lay down covering on the floor.
Lighting. Grow lights will help your plants grow faster. Although you can use sunlight, the plant will not get as much light as it would outdoors. Supplementing a plant's sunlight needs is a good idea. You can set the timer to mimic sunrise and sunset times. It's important that you don't overdo it with lighting and that you remember that plants also need some darkness to be healthy.
Cameron Tyler is a freelance writer with a passion for gardening, even in his cramped city apartment. He has a keen interest in sharpening his green thumb, and trying to find a coverage plan that fits in with his green lifestyle.