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No yard? No worries with these yardless gardening tips

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Having a beautiful garden may seem like only a dream for people without a large outdoor area, but yardless gardening offers the perfect solution.

Five Steps for Planting an Edible "Yardless Garden"
Living in an apartment or townhouse without a yard to call your own doesn't mean you need to give up the benefits of an edible garden. From windowsills to kitchen counters, the options for 'urban' gardening are plentiful. Start your spring on a green and healthy note by planting a 'yardless garden' at your home.
Here's how to get started:

Choose Your Plants and Herbs
For a simple, indoor garden that will quickly reap rewards, start with common herbs like parsley, thyme, basil and oregano. Strawberries and tomatoes can also thrive indoors. Steel tomato 'cages' are available that allow the vines to grow upward and remain contained without draping all over your furniture.
Imagine a plucking a ripe heirloom tomato from your own vine for dinner!

Prepare Your Planter
It's essential to give your plants room to grow roots and to provide the ability to drain excess water. Although traditional terra cotta or plastic flower pots can serve your purposes well, if space is limited, you may want to consider square or rectangle planters made of copper or wood that sit in a row and fit neatly on a windowsill or table, consolidating your garden and embellishing its visual appeal.

Gather Your Tools
Even though we're taking our garden indoors, you'll still want a small trowel, cultivator and hoe to properly maneuver your fragile seedlings and adult plants. Miniature garden tools are affordable, widely available and allow for easy maneuvering.

Plant Your Seeds (and Seedlings)
Healthy plants start with healthy soil, so give your seedlings a base of potting soil mix that includes compost and natural materials such as sphagnum peat moss and perlite, helping to retain moisture and minerals near the plants' roots.

Protect and Nurture
Don't be too concerned if a few leaves on your plant yellow or fall off - it's a natural occurrence for house plants, and you should never respond by overwatering or adding excessive fertilizer. To promote growth, however, an organic fertilizer can help to stimulate healthy roots and aid in flowering and fruit production. Likewise, pests and weeds can attack indoor gardens just as they do in the backyard, so consider a light or natural herbicide and pesticide treatment to keep your garden thriving.

If you're unsure about how much water is too much, a small moisture monitor that sticks into the soil can let you know when your plants are getting thirsty.

No matter your living situation, an indoor garden offers a beautiful way to bring nature into your home, as well as helping to reduce stress and purify the air. If you have children, all the better. The kid-sized tools used for indoor gardening offer a perfect introduction to where our food comes from and how plants grow.

The information above was provided by Alana Heart from The Home Depot.


Online: www.homedepot.com

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