One of the biggest misconceptions about gardening is that you can't have a garden if you live in an apartment. Well, that's just not true. Though you may be limited on the amount of space you can set aside for a garden, there are many ways you can work around this limitation and have a great garden. Container gardening makes this more than possible. Still, where does someone start in order to have a beautiful apartment garden? What steps should you be taking to have the best garden possible when your space is limited? We'll discuss some tips and strategies to start you off on the right foot.

If you already have containers, or know what kind you want to purchase, pick plants that are suitable for these containers. Pay attention to the size of the plants as each one will have a specific size requirement for its container – from 1/2 wine barrels to antique tea cups. This also helps you do some planning on the aesthetic appeal of your apartment garden. You're not stuck with just using big containers and pots, so why not pick the sizes you like?

Do some research and you will learn all you need to know about which plants to use and how to pot them. The containers you use for your indoor gardening do not have to be fancy or expensive. Containers are containers. Concentrate your spending on life's necessities – food, rent, utilities, and your automobile. Shop around for containers, or objects that can be reused as plant containers, and buy what you need when they are priced at a discount. When you are shopping around for inexpensive containers at the thrift shops and at garage sales, don't overlook items that could be converted into interesting containers, such as fancy bowls or hammered brass ice buckets. Shopping for inexpensive containers will give you more cash flow to buy better quality plants, seeds, soil, and other items you need for your container gardening.

For those with a little more space, think about putting in a mini greenhouse. A lot of the time you will find mini greenhouses that are already pre-assembled. They are small enough to fit into an unused corner with no problem. If the cost of a mini greenhouse is too much, it's not that hard to build one with odds and ends you can find at such places website as the Salvation Army or Goodwill. This will give you a much broader range in terms of what you can grow in your apartment.

A balcony, if you have one, is a great place to put a little greenhouse.

You are only limited by your imagination when it comes to having an apartment garden, no matter how limited your space is.

Think outside the box – don't be afraid to try something new – and when you get stumped, ask for help from someone who has experience. These are the keys to success. A little bit of research can help you learn a lot, but so can asking the experts at your local plant nursery or gardening shop. You'll receive so much information, you'll soon be the expert, and your apartment garden will be a testament to your hard work.

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