Plants can add an amazing aesthetic anywhere, so consider small space gardening. Live plants have excellent benefits such as purifying the air we breathe, adding fragrance, and perhaps best of all providing us with food! Maybe you’ve downsized, or don’t get around quite as freely as you used to, but gardening can still be a fun and rewarding pastime.
It would be easy to assume you need large spaces to garden well. Not so! Here are some easy ways to fit the garden you love into the space you have.
The first thing you will need to consider is the space you have. Be creative! Use the space around your mailbox; line your walkway with beautiful, edible greens such as kale or Swiss chard; hang planting boxes from fences, windowsills, and porch railings. No yard? No problem! You can plant on a balcony, patio, and even use the indoors for small space gardening.
You will need to decide what you are hoping to accomplish with your garden. Are you looking for a beautiful, fragrant, pop of color? Flowers such as African Violets, Marigolds, Peace Lillies, and Begonias all have what it takes to grow well indoors or out, and they work in small spaces provided they have enough access to sun.
Are you hoping for an edible harvest? Consider space and opt for plants like radishes, greens, carrots, garlic, onions and spinach, which will yield a plentiful harvest without requiring much square footage. There are herbs that are easily grown indoors or out. Consider hanging baskets of basil, dill, rosemary, and cilantro. Imagine picking a tomato from your front porch and topping it with basil from the windowsill! With mozzarella and balsamic vinegar you have a delicious caprese salad!
As with all planting there are the basic needs to be met. With small space gardening, plants rob the soil of much needed nutrients quickly. Be sure to fertilize! Planting different plants together will help maximize nutrients. Regardless of the harvest, be sure to plant flowers in between vegetables or fruit to invite pollinators. Pay attention to how much sun your garden area receives daily and choose your plants accordingly. If you are unsure, the people who work at your local nursery should be able to navigate you in the right direction. Your plants aren’t the only ones who will benefit from fresh air and sunshine! Giving yourself a reason and a purpose to get outside each day is a great motivator. If you need a little assistance getting about safely, set aside a rolling walker just for use in the garden. It will give you a place to sit, and a handy place to store your supplies.
With a little creativity and dirt on your hands you can tailor your space to
serve you well! Happy Harvest!