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 year’s 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.
Make a Stack Garden
The tiered system of stacked beds uses a small footprint and allows gardening in a tight space. They are easy to make and there are often kits you can buy at your local hardware store. However, I found an old dresser at a garage sale and made my own. I removed the drawers and then stacked one on top of each other in an ascending pattern and secured with a couple of 2 x 4s.
One-Pot Galvanized Tub
The smallest and simplest of urban gardens is a single pot, packed with as many herbs and veggies as possible. Get yourself a galvanized water trough, drill some drainage holes, fill it with soil and then plant complementary groups of plants together. Plant tomatoes, basil, chives and jalapenos for fresh salsa and pasta sauce.
Get your mind out of the gutter and into the garden. Yup that's right, growing a garden in a standard old rain gutter works beautifully. Bugs, wild animals and poor soil are no problem as this system of three gutters fastened to a south facing wall or fence keeps plants off the ground and in the sun. Make it greener with salvaged gutters.
Easy Access Salad Box
Flower boxes are not just for flowers. I’ve found that planting herbs and greens in my flower box are not only beautiful but convenient. Placed right outside my kitchen window, flower boxes made access easy and cooking a breeze. All I need to do is open the window, snip and serve.
Shoe Organizer Garden
I saw this one online and thought "Brilliant!"
A canvas shoe organizer as a planter who would have ever thought? Kept off the wall with strips of wood, this system works well but can dry out quickly. Frequent watering is a must.
My garden this summer? I'm thinking the sky is the limit, perhaps the roof!