Small Space GardeningMarie LeBaron
Are you living in a small space? Maybe too small to even host this larger barrel? But you’ve got a green thumb, right? And still want to make something grow green? If so, YES, it’s possible. Whether you have a small deck, patio, or even a countertop, you can make it happen.
Here are a few tips to help you squeeze a little green around your home, no matter the size of living space:
1. Which pot is best? You can plant in almost any container as long as it has good drainage. A smaller pot outside your front door will work, but keep in mind that you might need to upgrade to a bigger pot as your plant grows. I like this fun barrel for growing strawberries, perfect for a backyard patio or deck.
2. Make room for water. I like to buy fun decorative pots to plant in, but some aren’t necessarily made for growing things. After drilling a few holes into the bottom of my silver buckets, water now has somewhere to drain. You can place a plastic tray under your pot to catch the drainage water or simply let it drain out onto the patio.
3. Start smaller than you think. Remember that when you plant plants, they will grow and grow and grow. I quickly learned my first year planting tomatoes that 3 plants won’t fit in a small barrel. Throughout the Summer, I ended up pulling 2 of them, and even then I was too late and only had about 4 tomatoes off that plant. So make sure to start small and let it GROW!
4. Pick up a copy of Grow Great Grub, Organic Food from Small Spaces by Gayla of You Grow Girl. She has great advice on how to grow your own grub even if you have the smallest space to work with. Your windowsill or counter top can be a great place to grow grub, and she helps you choose the best plants for any area.
So, how much room do you have to grow?