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Edible plants you can grow in your tiny apartment

While growing plants in a busy city might seem like an impossible task, there are plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables that can thrive in your urban space — no backyard required.

City dwellers are used to improvising, so they can make the most of their living situation. Even when you live in a big city, you can still live on a farm.

1. Avocados

Surprisingly, all you need for a brand new avocado is another avocado.

Once you have removed the pit and rinsed it well, push three or four toothpicks into the base and suspend it in a glass of water with the pointed side up. Then, place it on a warm window sill and make sure it has plenty of water. In a few weeks, you should have a brand new tree that is ready for planting. Place the rooted seed in a pot and leave it in a sunny place, watering frequently, but lightly. Then guac at the fruits of your labor.

2. Herbs

Herbs are the easiest edible plants for apartment dwellers to harvest. Basil, rosemary, mint, ginger, cilantro and parsley are all viable options for foodies who don’t want to pay top dollar for spices at the store. Most require little effort, just a sunny spot on your window sill or fire escape and regular watering.

Different herbs have different care requirements, so research what you need before you plant.

3. Microgreens

Microgreens are packed with healthy vitamins and can be used on a variety of dishes. They also happen to be incredibly easy to care for as well.

Keep them in a shallow container and stash by a sunny spot, and you’ll be sprinkling microgreens on your salad in no time.

4. Garlic Greens

Garlic greens, similar to spring onions, thrive where garlic bulbs tend to fall short. A small, 4-inch pot and a discarded garlic clove is all you need to start growing at home.

5. Tomatoes

Tomatoes can thrive in the garden or in pots — wherever you can care for them best. Choose a 6-inch (or larger) pot that you can keep in a warm area that gets about 12 hours of light per day.

6. Lemons

Small lemon trees, specifically Meyer lemon trees, can be beautiful and fragrant additions to your home — as long your place gets tons of sunlight. Citrus can be temperamental, but rewarding if you know how to properly care for them. Most trees will need 8 to 12 hours of sunlight and moist air to thrive.