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How can an apartment resident build a small garden?

I'm looking for ideas about how an apartment resident can build a small garden such as building one in a small box, etc. Any tips? Thanks so much for any advice.

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  1. Container gardening is fun! And the only limitation is your imagination. Tips: http://www.hgtv.com/topics/container-gardening/index.html Scroll through pictures of container gardens. I also recommend googling images of "patio gardens" for ideas: http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&biw=993&bih=617&q=container+gardening&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=isch&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi
  2. You could take some different size pots that have a hole in the bottom and stack them onto a strong threaded metal rod. Just build a wooded base for the biggest pot that will sit on the ground with a hole centered with the hole in the pot. Using washers and nuts connect the pot to the base. Add a nut followed by a big washer, to the threaded rod at the point where the next pot would sit. Continue this until you have a Christmas tree of pots. Plant in each pot but be careful when watering as water is not going to leak out. You could drill an extra hole for drainage in each pot. What drains out of the top pot will water the one below it until it finally runs out at the bottom. Maybe a catch pan for that one. Hope that helps.
  3. what are you wanting to grow? i'd say 3 ft wide and 3 ft tall wooden box. i don't live in a apartment but i have a small green house in my room. try too look for one on ebay.
  4. Climbing plants are good if you have a balcony. Also look into green walls. A series of boxes stacked up. Plants grow from the front rather than the top of the container. Great for along walls or for creating walls.
  5. I'd go out and get a bunch of plant pots and some potting mix and start planting! Choose plants based on how much sun your area gets every day. The best thing to do for a small space is to grow upwards by using climbing plants, shelves, hanging baskets. This will give you more space. It also depends if you're gardening on a balcony or a patio. If you're on a balcony, you'll have to make sure your garden isn't too heavy for the balcony. If you're using a patio, you're probably going to have a lot of shade. It mostly depends on your situation. If you want to learn more about container gardens in apartment spaces, check out http://www.BalconyContainerGardening.com. To learn more about plants that grow up, go here: http://www.balconycontainergardening.com/index.php/design/129-design-climbing-plants Good luck with your garden!