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GROWING IN TIGHT SPACES

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For some of us, the issue isn’t necessarily working out what to plant – it’s working out where to plant it.

 

If you live in an urban environment, or a home with limited garden space, or even if you already have a large garden and can’t find space to add more to it, your gardening concerns this season may revolve around finding ways to squeeze in just a few more plants as efficiently as possible. Small space gardening is in many respects an art form, as it requires careful planning, delicate execution, and basic creativity – but it can be done! Here are a few particularly useful tips and methods for small space gardening that may help you in the coming months.

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Try a single pot veggie garden

Use unorthodox spaces

Make use of strange or unusual locations if you’re yearning to work in extra garden space. Some people run a tray of plants down the centre of a porch picnic table; others put in a flower bed around the base of a mailbox. Whatever the case, there are likely to be a few unused, perhaps unusual bits in your garden that could accommodate a few extra plants!  Don't be afraid to have fun and try planting up unused items that may be lying around like an old pair of boots, or maybe or even a birdcage!   Let your creativity run wild.

Hopefully these tips have given you some encouragement or maybe even sparked an idea or two.  Either way, always remember:  "There's always a spot for a plant!"

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Grow vertically

One of the best tips for gardening in limited spaces is to go vertical with your plants. This can be done in a number of different ways. Whether it’s hanging plants from a porch roof, growing flowers and vines that climb up railings, or even organizing a veggie garden in containers that hang one above the other (many people use sections of rain gutters), vertical gardening options can save a great deal of space. Additionally, they can look very stylish and surprisingly natural.

Rearrange existing garden space

If your issue is that your existing garden seems a bit cramped or pushed for space, a bit of rearranging may be in order. Consider using a hedge trimmer to trim back hedges and create more space along the borders, or adding a second tier to your garden by growing on top of surfaces like garden tables. Some careful rearrangement can create space that allows you to add new plants.

Take everywhere into consideration

Indoor gardens, container gardening, and windowsill gardening, are all ways to grow plants in your home and the amount of space required is entirely up to you. If you do have some space outside to plant a garden, but for whatever reason don't have a large area set aside, square foot gardening might be an option.

Baskets!

Planting a spring hanging basket can be a wonderful alternative to planting a full garden. Not only will you get the fresh flowers of spring, but you will have less back ache with a hanging basket. Just follow these instructions to do it the right way.

Sidewalks

Have you ever noticed how there is one area of the home that tends to get overlooked when it comes time to garden? That one area can usually be found along the sidewalk. Planting along a sidewalk is a great way to add a little extra beauty to any home, and is remarkably easy.

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Many people worry that concentrating too many plants in a single pot will cause them to grow poorly and it is certainly possible to overdo it. However, a single large pot on your porch or in your garden, can yield enough vegetables to put some truly delicious food on your tables! Try a combination of tomatoes, basil, chives and jalapeño, all of which can grow in a tight space together and contribute to the same recipes in many cases.

Fairy Gardening

Join the latest trend in small gardening!  Fairy gardens are enjoying an astonishing surge in popularity and now you can begin making your own enchanting miniature landscapes, complete with pint-sized accessories, diminutive plants, and quaint fairy figures.