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5 Gardening Ideas For Small Spaces
by Chris Malone,posted Mar 15 2013 5:33AM
Come to find out you can enjoy the healthy, nutritional and relaxing benefits of gardening even when space is at a premium or non existent. Check out these 5 gardening ideas for people who have limited space (including upstairs apartment dwellers).
Balcony Or Container Gardens
We've all had potted plants and perhaps a container of herbs on the windowsill, but container gardens can actually be a great way to grow food without actually putting roots in the ground. If you've got a porch or balcony with a little extra room, why not transform that idle space into a food factory? Just make sure it gets enough sun, and that you can water the plants without drowning your downstairs neighbors.Urban Organic Gardener is an amazing resource for wanna-be balcony gardeners.
Raised Bed On Lawn
So maybe you're lucky enough to have a "yard" or small outside space. In that case, there are some fun options for outdoor gardening that still won't suck up all your space. Repurposed wood pallets, cinder blocks, graduated shelving and raised beds are all great ways to make the most of your yard space with minimal impact on the actual turf. And since they're all semi-portable, you can use your own soil and not worry about the chemicals that may have been used in the past. Check out these easy raised garden beds for beginners.
Just like buildings in big cities have to build up rather than out, gardens too are going vertical. Hanging and stacking is a good rule of thumb for tiny house dwellers with limited floor space. The same principle can make it possible to grow a significant amount of herbs, vegetables and flowers using walls and windows that might otherwise only hold a picture or two. There are many different vertical gardening solutions, including those made from stacked containers, repurposed shoe organizers, recycled plastic bottles or even tin cans!
Feel like a bunch of hanging water bottles might ruin your tiny apartment feng shui? Never fear, Woolly Pockets are here! These stylish wall hangers are lightweight, flexible, breathable, modular gardening containers. The breathable portion is made of 100 percent recycled plastic bottles that have been industrially felted. The military-grade moisture barrier is made from 60 percent recycled plastic bottles. Each pocket is stitched together by hand in the USA, and only takes a few minutes to install.
Finding yourself short on time and know-how, as well as space? Set-it-and-forget-it systems that tell you when to water, feed, and harvest so that you're sure to get the most from your tiny garden. Automated garden alternatives range from very sophisticated to very simple. Pictured above is the AeroGarden Ultra, a top of the line indoor garden that eliminates dirt as well as worry. Simpler alternatives include the EasyBloom Plant Sensor which allows your plant to tell you when it needs water or fertilizer, and the Patch collapsible windowsill planter. Check out this Treehugger guide to self-watering planters.