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There are numerous benefits to keeping plants in your home. In addition to the aesthetic perks, plants can purify the air in your apartment, making it cleaner and healthier for you to breathe. Add in the simple fact that growing and nurturing plants can help foster happiness and self-confidence, and there’s no reason not to make a trip to your local garden center.

But what if you don’t have a green thumb? Don’t fret! Here is how to get your apartment garden started.

First, evaluate your sun situation. While most plants don’t need to be in direct sun every day, they need some. Fruiting and flowering plants typically need a full day of sunshine so that they may be best situated on a balcony next to a window facing north or south. Meanwhile, green plants may only need sun exposure for part of the day. Before purchasing your plants, determine how much sun comes into your apartment over the day and where it hits, and set up your garden accordingly.

Speaking of green plants, if you’re wary of your gardening skills, start with low-maintenance plants. These include pothos, snake plants, succulents, spider plants, and peace lilies, which don’t require full sun and only need to be watered around once a week or so.

But if you’re looking to replicate an outdoor garden on your apartment windowsill, complete with herbs, vegetables, and fruits, you can! Here are some of the easiest to grow:

  • Herbs: You can grow a few different kinds of herbs in small pots to use for cooking. If you’re new to growing herbs, leafy picks like basil, parsley, and cilantro are the easiest. Here are more details on creating an apartment herb garden
  • Tomatoes: Tomatoes grow well in pots, as long as the pot is large enough. You can choose a variety of tomatoes based on your space, such as those that grow in a hanging basket or on a ladder set inside the pot.
  • Mini Peppers: Small hot and sweet peppers grow very well in pots. Hot is easier to grow in containers, but sweet can be tastier to snack on—though even if you’re not eating them, mini peppers will add a fun pop of color to your space.

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