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With limited property access, I’ve had to incorporate creative small space gardening options.
My name is Katrina, a graduate horticular student passionate about gardening.
My kids are at the ages now where I can spend more time working outside, getting dirty with nature, gardens, and landscaping.
Unfortunately, my property is not quite ready for my garden, so most of my gardening will have to be around containers, pots, and hanging baskets.
Today, I want to share with you some remarkable secrets I’ve learned in my profession about small space gardening.
Vegetable Garden Ideas For Small Spaces
While thinking about what fruits, veggies, and herbs I will grow, I must also consider where I will grow them.
Over the years, I have seen many innovative and creative ways to grow a flourishing garden without digging a hole in the ground.
These ideas got me thinking about how they could be used for small space gardening.
I lost count a long time ago how many times I’ve heard, ‘I don’t have the space for a garden,’’ or ‘I live in an apartment, I can’t grow a garden.’’
This is not true except for individuals with balconies without sunlight.
Adopting vertical and hanging plants such as tomatoes and strawberries can turn that small space into a beautiful, abundant vegetable garden!
Below are ways to incorporate small space gardening into your lifestyle without digging into the ground.
Shoe Organizer Small Space Gardening
Picture via instructables.com
One of my favourite trends that I have seen is using a shoe organizer to grow vegetables and herbs.
The simplicity of this idea is brilliant; it allows you to grow multiple varieties of plants, and you can hang it on a wall, a fence, or even a balcony.
I have seen cloth hanging shoe organizers online in the $10.00 to $20.00 range; you could even find one at Goodwill if you are lucky.
This vertical method is best used for growing herbs and plants such as lettuce and kale that can be confined to a smaller growing area.
Use this idea on a balcony, and place a container underneath to catch the drips when watering. Your neighbours below would appreciate that.
I am excited to do this; I already have the organizer and a suitable wall in my garden shed.
Having this on the wall will keep it out of the way, leaving more room for my other ideas while cleaning my property during the summer.
Small Space Gardening In Fixed Pots
Small Space Gardening In Fixed Pots
If you have a small backyard with a fence or garden shed, you can attach some pots/containers directly to the fence, wall or shed.
Using single containers, you can use different pot sizes and allow more spacing between plants, which means more plant options.
Some bigger pots on the ground along the fence line could be planted with carrots, kohlrabi, tomatoes, peppers, etc.
I am giving my wall space to the organizer. However I have a small area of patios stones in the backyard that will one day be made into a nice sitting area.
In the meantime, it will serve as an area for multiple container plants such as pot potatoes.
Turn Hanging Baskets Into Planters
Topsy Turvy Tomato Planter
Most people typically think of flowers when they think of a hanging basket.
Still, multiple plants can be grown this way, including tomatoes, peppers, beans, strawberries, zucchini, and cucumbers.
I picked up a few of the ‘As seen on TV Topsy Turvy’ from the dollar store for $2.00 each.
I will try using the Topsy Turvy with tomatoes and zucchini this summer.
You can purchase a hanging basket stand at your local garden centre, which allows you to hang multiple pots if you have no place.
I have a long porch, and it will be lined with strawberry hanging baskets this year; I’m looking forward to those.
Wall Bags For Small Garden Spaces
Wall Bags For Small Space Gardening
I want to shake hands with the person who initially thought of these.
Wall bags are a great way to turn a small space into a vegetable haven.
Among many plants, tomatoes, peppers ,and strawberries can be grown in them.
When filling wall bags with potting soil, they must be packed full.
The soil must settle firmly with no gaps to ensure full root coverage when watered through.
Container Gardening Tips
- Make sure any container you use has a drainage hole, and avoid recycled plastic containers (ex., margarine containers) in the sun, as the plastic will deteriorate,
- Choose a good quality potting mix; avoid the dollar store bags.
- Never use garden soil or ‘dirt.’ It will not drain properly and makes the containers extremely heavy.
- Fertilize often; plants need food!
- Watering will be required more often than in a traditional garden; it’s better to give a plant more water once then a little water here and there. Most, but not all, plants like to dry out slightly (not bone dry) between waterings; you need to avoid over and underwatering but constantly watering thoroughly!
Small Space Gardening And The Environment
Climate will always be a factor in which plants you can grow, but do not feel restricted due to space and remember that realistically not all garden plants can be grown in small spaces.
Using trial and error is important; over time, you will know precisely what you can and can’t grow.
Be creative, use that small space efficiently, and enjoy watching your garden grow.
Please keep your eyes here at Canadian Budget Binder this summer, as I look forward to sharing the results of my garden with all of you!
Editors Note: Thanks, Katrina, for a very informative post about organic gardening in small spaces which a few CBB fans have asked me about.
Post Contribution By: Katrina is a horticulture graduate with over 10 years experience with landscaping and greenhouse production.