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  • Naomi Stephens | Permaculture Designer

Apartment Homesteading: Tips and Tricks for Self-Sufficiency in a Small Space

Updated: Mar 4

Living in an apartment doesn't mean sacrificing your dreams of self-sufficiency. There are many ways to create an urban homestead in your small space.

It's easy to feel disconnected from nature when you live in a city, but by implementing specific techniques, you can connect with the earth and enjoy the fruits of your labor.

In this post, I'll cover several tips and tricks to get you started on your apartment homesteading journey.

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Vertical Gardening

One popular technique for apartment homesteading is vertical gardening. This involves growing plants vertically in containers, mounted or in a tower.

You can grow more plants in a smaller footprint by utilizing vertical space. Whether you grow herbs, vegetables, or even flowers, many DIY vertical gardening options exist.

Container Gardening

Another option is container gardening. This is ideal for apartment dwellers, as you can grow plants in small spaces with minimal setup.

Choose containers that fit your space and plant seeds or seedlings. Container gardening works well for herbs, leafy greens, and small vegetables like cherry tomatoes or peppers.


Composting is a great way to reduce waste and create nutrient-rich soil for your plants. Several options for composting in small spaces include worm and indoor composting systems. It's a simple process, and you'll be amazed at the quality of soil it can produce.

Making Your Cleaning Products

Homemade cleaning products are not only cheaper, but they're also healthier for you and the environment.

You don't need fancy ingredients or equipment to make your cleaning products. Some everyday household items like white vinegar, baking soda, and lemon juice can be used to clean your home.

You can find thousands of recipes for homemade cleaning products online.

Cooking and Canning

Another aspect of apartment homesteading includes cooking and canning.

Once you've grown your food or purchased it from local farmers, you can preserve it for later use. This is a great way to reduce waste and save money in the long run.

You can enjoy fresh, homemade food all year round by learning to cook and can your produce.


Apartment homesteading is a great way to connect with nature and become self-sufficient. By implementing these techniques, you can grow your food, reduce waste, and save money.

Whether you choose to start with container gardening or take on larger projects, there are many options available for apartment homesteaders. We hope this post has given you some inspiration to get started on your journey towards self-sufficiency.



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