How do I grow food in my shady apartment?
July 2, 2009 8:03 AM Subscribe
How do I grow food and be more sustainable in a shady city apartment?
posted by Lord_Pall to Home & Garden (16 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
So we live in a ground floor apartment in Marina Del Rey. We're near the water so the temperature is pretty stable.
We're ground floor, facing a courtyard. We have a sizeable outdoor area that backs up on a shared courtyard. Figure 15X10 worth of usable floor space.
We get VERY little sun. Like an hour or 2 max in summer. Due to sprinklers and the location, it's quite humid too.
I can't do much or any growing inside since we have voracious cats who will eat all they can get their paws on.
Outside we've got tomatoes growing, but they're not too happy. They're growing out into the courtyard to try to find sun.. Herbs sorta grow as well in containers.
So how do I successfully grow vegetables or other foods?
I'm thinking about getting some grow-lights to supplant the low sun content. Downside is that most grow-lights dont work outside, plus the energy consumption is batshit insane if it's not a cfl or led.
Is this a good idea? Should I keep the plants out on the patio and use a grow-light during the day to help? Move it inside when it's done?
Should I convert the outdoor closet into a mini grow-room where I can blast out the light as needed?
Do the energy costs with running grow-lights defeat the idea of sustainability?
I'm less concerned about the footprint, and more concerned about raw cost.. heh
Any pointers or ideas on how to turn this shady space into a food-generating or more self sufficient space?