Posted: 08/04/2014 at 09:41
Hey OP you sound like you're in a similar situation to me. I have a small container garden on the go too. Do you have any room for a small plastic greenhouse or grow box they're very inexpensive and save you from having plants on your windowsills and it's somewhere to keep your watering can, trowels, spare pots etc if you're anything like me, and limited on indoor space as well as outdoor! I really do recommend growing some things from seed, you learn such a lot as well as get so much satisfaction seeing them pop up for the first time. Having prebought plants help make your garden look appealing quick, but there's nothing more pretty to you than the first time you pot up your own humble tiny seedlings and start to see them thrive in their own little pot
If there are cats in your area, and you don't want to hurt them, then avoid Lillies and any plants at all related to the garlic/onion family. They're very poisonous and can be lethal to them. There are humane and safe ways of keeping them off your property. Some are relatively inexpensive, and just involve things like orange peel, or you can save yourself the hassle and buy some product that does the same job. I got mine from pets at home as I wanted it to be safe as I have cats myself - though indoors only.
Do you have space for a window box and or some hanging baskets? They can be a great space saver. We've a small window box dedicated to herbs.
I've learned a lot since joining here and I look forward to seeing what you grow!