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25 Tips for Gardening in Small Spaces

Living in a small space doesn’t have to hinder you from growing a garden of flowers, herbs, and veggies. With these helpful tips you’ll learn how to plant the perfect garden and keep it growing all summer long. First, things first, where will you start planting? Your coffee mug or dog house roof perhaps…


  • 25 Tips for Gardening in Small Spaces 1 of 26
    25 Tips for Gardening in Small Spaces
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  • Start Small 2 of 26
    Start Small
    Don't overwhelm yourself with too many plants in the beginning. Start out with a smaller garden until you gain more confidence.
    Find out more at Craftinomicon.
  • Square Foot Gardening 3 of 26
    Square Foot Gardening
    Use a raised bed to plant edibles in a small space.
    Find out more at Frugal Dad.
  • Vertical Tower 4 of 26
    Vertical Tower
    Build a tower to grow edibles with a basin to catch rainwater on top.
    Find out more at Sunset.
  • On the Dog House Gardening 5 of 26
    On the Dog House Gardening
    Even your dog house can make the perfect garden.
    Check it out at Pousse Creative.
  • Woolly Pocket Garden 6 of 26
    Woolly Pocket Garden
    Woolly Pockets have portable and vertical options to fit any garden size.
    Find out more at Apartment Therapy.
  • Recycled Pallet Garden 7 of 26
    Recycled Pallet Garden
    Turn a wood pallet into a vertical garden to conserve space.
    Find out more at Design Sponge.
  • Hanging Gutter Garden 8 of 26
    Hanging Gutter Garden
    Build a hanging garden using gutters.
    Spotted at Nest in Style.
  • Gardening on Your Fence 9 of 26
    Gardening on Your Fence
    Hang pots from your fence for more gardening space.
    Find out more at Better Homes & Gardens.
  • Panel Succulent Garden 10 of 26
    Panel Succulent Garden
    Mount this panel for a succulent wall garden.
    Find out more at Flora Grubb.
  • Garbage Potatoes 11 of 26
    Garbage Potatoes
    To cut down on space, grow potatoes in a garbage can.
    Find out more at Drink, Energize, Glow.
  • Window Box Garden 12 of 26
    Window Box Garden
    Garden and decorate the home by growing plants on your windowsill.
    Find out more at HGTV.
  • The Cluck Cluck Garden 13 of 26
    The Cluck Cluck Garden
    Any roof can really work to create a garden space.
    Find out more at The Chicken Street.
  • Dwarf Plants 14 of 26
    Dwarf Plants
    Consider planting veggies that take up less space, like these Diamant cucumbers.
    Find out more at Martha Stewart.
  • Make Sure Everyone Gets Sun 15 of 26
    Make Sure Everyone Gets Sun
    Wherever you decide to garden, make sure that you are checking to see that all plants are getting their daily dose of sunlight.
    Find out more at Interiorholic.
  • Shoe Organizer Gardening 16 of 26
    Shoe Organizer Gardening
    Using vertical space with a shoe organizer garden is great for tight places like balconies.
    Find out more at Apartment Therapy.
  • Compost Regularly 17 of 26
    Compost Regularly
    To ensure that your plants are getting all their nutrients, supplement your soil with compost like kelp meal.
    Find out more at Amazon.
  • Hanging Herbs 18 of 26
    Hanging Herbs
    Set up a hanging herb garden right in your kitchen.
    Find out more at The Chalkboard Mag.
  • Water Test 19 of 26
    Water Test
    To see if your plant has enough water, put your finger in about an inch. If it's a little wet you don't need to water.
    Photo via HGTV.
  • Fungus in Your Laundry 20 of 26
    Fungus in Your Laundry
    A laundry basket can make a great place to start growing your mushrooms in the shade.
    Find out more at Milkwood.
  • Raised Garden Bed Low Down 21 of 26
    Raised Garden Bed Low Down
    Follow the tutorial to learn how to make your own raised garden bed.
    Find out more at Prudent Baby.
  • Irrigation System 22 of 26
    Irrigation System
    Learn how to make an irrigation system for your small raised garden.
    Find out more at Prudent Baby.
  • The Right Way to Pick Basil 23 of 26
    The Right Way to Pick Basil
    To ensure that your basil crop continues production, learn how to pick it the right way.
    Find out more at Prudent Baby.
  • Tomatoes, Peppers, and the Sun 24 of 26
    Tomatoes, Peppers, and the Sun
    Make sure these two get at least 6 hours of direct sunlight each day. Plants like lettuce don't need quite as much sun.
    Find out more at Veggie Gardener.
  • Rain Gutter Garden 25 of 26
    Rain Gutter Garden
    Mount rain gutters on your home for a small space garden.
    Find out more at Juneau Empire.
  • Teepee Garden 26 of 26
    Teepee Garden
    Use the tutorial to learn how to build a teepee to help conserve space by growing your plants up.
    Find out more at The Micro Gardener.

Jacinda Boneau is a fabric designer and founding co-editor at Prudent Baby, the premier design and lifestyle blog providing inspiration and instruction to help anyone create beautiful things, food, and experiences for their friends and family.

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