Small Yard, Big Garden Dreams? Think Vertical!
Gardening has always been a passion of mine.
By growing my own vegetables I eat healthier, the quality of my cooking goes way up and above all there's a great sense of satisfaction in nurturing something from seed to plate.
Two years ago however, I moved from my suburban home with a large vegetable garden to a tiny condo in the city and though I do not miss the upkeep of the large home and yard, I do miss my garden. There is nothing better than a fresh homegrown tomato or snapped peas straight from the vine!
The postage stamped size lawn of my condo caused my heart to sink. Would I ever have my own fresh vegetables again? Well, now after two years I have come up with some creative containers and space saving planters that can grow almost anything, anywhere. This years garden is going to be a whopper! They secret?
Think vertically. Growing up instead of out saves space and offers more surface area for growing things.
Here are some creative ideas I have found for gardening in small spaces.
Garden Gate Wall
"The structure of the wall is built of three things: posts to support the wall, wire (hogwire and chicken wire), and Typar. The posts were cemented several feet into the ground to support the large structure. On each side of the posts, a foot apart, the sides of the wall were erected. After the sides were thoroughly wired to the posts and to each other, the wall was filled dirt."
Source: A Knot In Thyme
Woolly Pocket Garden
While this design features rather expensive pre-made hanging garden pockets, a DIY version could easily be constructed sewing a waterproof material on the back of felt pockets. Felt is breathable and allows evaporation, while the waterproof material protects your walls. Check out the DIY tutorial on Instructables.com HERE.
Source: Wolly Pocket.com
Self Watering Recycled Water Bottle Garden
Admittedly, this falls on the ambitious side of the DIY scale, but you have to admit the final product is pretty amazing. Not only does this garden look beautiful, it has built in system for collecting a distributing rain water. A full,detailed guide to building this can be found on Instructables.com HERE.
Source: The Owner Builder Network
A very simple and inexpensive vertical garden project! "Water your pallet regularly, they dry out quickly. Pay special attention to the bottom two openings, they seem to be the driest. Fertilize with water soluble fertilizer added to your watering can (follow package instructions for amount and frequency)."
Source: Life on the Balcony
Shoe Organizer Garden
Another vertical garden in the super easy/inexpensive category. "This space saving shoe organizer herb garden uses a fabric shoe caddy to create space for plenty of plants, all in just a few vertical feet."
Source: Birds and Blooms