Inspiring Ideas For Gardens In Small Spaces
Having gardens in small spaces can be a real struggle, especially when it comes to growing food. So how can you maximize your minimal gardening space?
Salad Garden Idea
One thing that you can do is by incorporating edible plants, such as veggies and herbs, in ornamental plantings. There are a variety of appetizing plants that please both the eyes and the taste buds. In her garden, Rosalind mixes edibles like cilantro, pimento peppers, Vietnamese coriander, basil, rosemary, Roman chamomile and thyme with roses and other flowering plants.
Vertical Wall Garden Idea
The other way is by maximizing space by going vertical. Plant vining vegetables, such as squash or zucchini, and train them up a trellis or other climbing structure. Get creative by planting cherry tomato vines on top of an arbor and allowing them to spill down over the edge of the arbor.
Small Garden In A Pot
If you don’t have lots of existing land, you can plant edibles in containers. With their trailing growth habit, strawberries trail nicely over the edge of pots and produce sweet fruit fresh off the plant. Other fruiting plants, such as blueberries and raspberries, or veggies also make excellent container plants. Create a grouping of containers with plants of complementary textures, colors and tastes. Make sure to provide adequate water throughout the seasons. You can put these containers in your window boxes.
Gardening In The Window Boxes
You also can try to have gardens in small spaces by making tea garden in a box which contains the ingredients for tisane, or herbal tea. To make one, you only need to plant mint, rose geranium, pineapple sage, and lavender in a wooden wine crate or other container with ample drainage. To get the gift to keep on giving, be sure to tell the recipient to place it in full sun outdoors and to pluck a few sprigs for morning tea or for adding to black tea.
Tea Garden In A Box
Planting combinations are almost endless and easy to do in a small garden. Consider a scheme from one color family, like pinks or purples. Reliable, productive, long-lasting bloomers include snapdragons, China asters, lisianthus, mallow, and larkspur. After planting, put down a two-inch layer of bark mulch to suppress weeds and slow evaporation of moisture from the soil. Any blossoms that aren’t cut for bouquets should be deadheaded (snipped off) when they fade.
If your best planting spot gets only four hours or so of direct sun, forget the tomatoes and try leafy vegetables, like spinach, lettuce, and Swiss chard. Root vegetables, such as beets, carrots, and radishes, also require less light.
Now, you don’t need to feeling left behind by the grow-your-own-food revolution because you live in a gardenless apartment or have a postage-stamp yard. When space is limited but enthusiasm isn’t, you still can create gardens in small spaces.