Do you love to garden, but don’t have the space? Or maybe you would like to learn, but the place where you currently live isn’t feasible to start a traditional garden. Regardless of your circumstances, here are 5 simple ways to start your own garden without a lot of space!
*Article originally published by Alanna Ketler in Collective Evolution*
1. Plant What You Can Indoors
Great news, if you have windows, you can grow things! Certain varieties of tomatoes can be grown very well indoors and even in the winter, simply plant in a hanging basket and hang in front of a window that gets a lot of sunlight. You can also start a mini a herb garden by your window or by planting herbs in small containers. You can also attach mason jars to pieces of plywood and fasten them to the wall to start growing the herbs in jars, just make sure that this wall gets enough sunlight.
2. Use Pallets Or Start A Vertical Garden
A pallet can be a great tool to use to grow herbs and even lettuce on your balcony during the warmer months, and a great way to recycle old pallets as well. They are relatively easy to find and can sit neatly against the wall on your balcony or patio. For instructions on how to make a pallet garden, click here. Shoe organizers that are often used in closets can also be a great tool for vertical gardening and growing plants as well.
3. Use Pots & Containers
There are many different types of veggies that can be grown in a container on a balcony, porch, or even on a small patch of grass if you are renting a property and are not allowed to put in a garden. Some of these veggies include: broccoli, carrots, cucumbers, eggplants, tomatoes, spinach, squash, peppers, and so on. To learn about proper planting techniques and which size containers to use for each type of vegetable, click here.
4. Utilize Windowsills & Ledges
Windowsills and balcony railings can be excellent places to put planter boxes, they take up none of the limited floor space and receive maximum sunlight. These can also act as a shade for vegetables that require less sunlight for growing, perfect!
5. Start Or Find A Community Garden
If none of these ideas are feasible for you, or you just want to do more, but don’t have the space, you should consider finding a local community garden or perhaps sharing a friend or neighbors garden. Many communities have community garden plots that allow you to grow whatever you like in a space that is provided for you. This can be a great way to garden because each member can grow specific vegetables and then trade with each other at harvest time. This can come in handy when certain veggies and herbs are ready, but others are not yet ready to be harvested. All this and you get to meet local like-minded people at the same time.