When apartment gardens initially closed down, there was nothing to be done about the soil quality or the health of the plants. In most areas, they were simply replanted, in hopes that it would survive and grow back better than it had before. The result was apartment living in some areas that were truly unpleasant! Fortunately, there are some things you can do to make sure that your apartment garden will return to a lush green beauty.
First of all, there is very little that you can do to improve the soil in an apartment garden, short of introducing new plants into the mix. Some apartment owners have tried using certain kinds of fertilizers, but these actually only work for a few years. This is because these fertilizers tend to slow the growth rate of plants, which can create a problem when apartment gardening. Instead, do not apply any fertilizer at all to your apartment garden when it first opens up. Wait for the soil to settle out a bit and then add some organic mulch and turn the compost pile back over.
Most apartment gardens that are in need of repotting are actually planted in containers. This is a much better solution than waiting for the soil to settle out, because the container will settle out with the soil on it. Plus, with container gardens, there is no chance for weeds to sprout through the cracks in the bark, making the apartment garden unattractive. Use high quality potting soil and plant your plants in it, and then cover with burlap to protect it from the elements.
Next, take some time and really evaluate what you have to work with when it comes to space and light. One of the worst mistakes that apartment owners make is to plant plants too close together, or too tightly. When space is limited, it’s usually a good idea to plant plants on the far ends of each floor, while windowsills and walkways will provide enough natural light to get through during the day. Some apartment buildings may even have windows, but only one or two may be open at a time, so be sure to plant your plants accordingly.
It’s also important that you think about what kinds of plants you want in your apartment garden. If you don’t have a large amount of money to invest, then consider simply planting flowers that are hardy and can handle a bit of extra attention. If you have the money to spend, there are several expensive options you can choose from, such as tropical landscapes and epiphytes. There are lots of beautiful plants that can grace your apartment, so consider your options carefully.
The best way to attract bees and other insects to your apartment garden is by providing them with a source of food and water. This means providing an adequate amount of both food and water for them. Remember that you can purchase pre-grown flower seeds for planting in your apartment garden, but it may be wise to save these for later. You should also plant some bushes or shrubs around your apartment building in order to provide your plants with climbing support and a safe place to grow. Most importantly, consider planting birds and butterflies in your apartment gardens reopen ideas.
Once you’ve decided on some plants and a layout for your apartment garden, be sure to pick the right type. Different types of plants have different needs, so it’s important to find a balance between light, air, and nutrients. Make sure you follow the guidelines for the specific kind of plant you’re planting. For example, bamboo is a good choice for a sunny balcony, but it’s best to use a hardwood for a dry area. Also remember that certain types of weeds will grow better in certain areas, so be sure you plant the appropriate vegetation for your environment.
When apartment gardens finally do open, you’ll need to prepare the soil properly. This will help your plants grow strong and healthy. Mulch can help prevent weeds and unwanted growths. Be sure to mulch when the temperatures start to increase even if you plan on moving the plants indoors during the warmer months. Evenings and nights will still be warm enough to plant your apartment garden, and you can turn it into a place to cook out with friends and entertain guests.