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Apartment Gardening – 101

images-6Oak Park Apartments is feeling spring in the air.  The warm temperatures and budding trees are giving us the gardening itch.

Yes, we know that this is the midwest and next week could bring back a cold northernly chill but the weather we are experiencing has us a bit more optimistic that warm weather will be more of a “regular” thing.

So as a renter, with no land to call your own, you may think that you need to silence your inner gardener.

Ah, but alas, you would be wrong!

For those who might be in a land challenged situation the word around Oak Park Apartments would be containers!

Flowers, vegetables or herbs – all can be grown quite successfully in a container.

Many of Oak Park Apartments’ buildings have back porches.  These areas are great for starting a container garden.

First, you need to determine how much sun, if any, the area will get.  Even if your porch is shaded images-4all day you can add some shade loving plants to a container to help bring the “outdoors in” as Oak Park’s favorite architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, liked to say.

After you’ve  determined the amount of sun your porch receives the next steps are easy and fun.  

Purchase containers or use recycled household items like coffee cans, baskets or even an old colander – any and all of these items can make a successful container for your garden.

Next, a little online plant research followed up by a trip to your local garden center or Home Depot for supplies – soil, tools, plants – just take a look at the plant information stake for general planting, watering and sun requirements regarding the plants you choose.

Let the gardening magic begin!

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Oak Park, IL 60302

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