If you have a small garden space but want to grow food or herbs for your family you may be wondering how to make it work. The good news is that many people have had successful thriving gardens even in a small limited space. With a little faith and some hard work, you can too. Here are my best tips for gardening in a small space.
Tips for gardening in a small space
You can take advantage of your garden in several ways. From square foot gardening to choosing plant varieties that take up less space than usual, here are some tips for small space gardening.
Adding companion plantings to your garden is one of the best ways to maximize its potential. Planting flowers and herbs with food crops not only allows you to grow more in your garden space but also to help to protect your garden from pests and balance the soil. If you want to maximize the use of your space, find the most effective combination of large flower pots and garden beds.
Give square foot gardening a try
In a small area, square foot gardening provides an excellent opportunity to grow a lot of food. Square foot gardening allows you to grow many plants in a small area as opposed to traditional gardening, which requires large spaces. A single garden bed can provide a large portion of your family’s food. In a square foot garden, your garden bed is split into a grid of 1 foot by 1 foot squares. You plant multiple plants in each square. In addition to allowing you to grow more food in a smaller space, square foot gardens also offer many great benefits.
Use grow vertically
A great way to make more space for your plants is to take advantage of vertical space. Make room for more plants in your small garden space by using trellises, hanging pots, and stacked planters. Trellises are a great way to add more to your garden. You can grow green beans, peas, zucchini, and cucumbers on trellises even in your square foot garden beds.
Care for your garden soil
Small gardens have less soil and, therefore, less nutrition for your pants. The soil is very small gardens tend to become depleted more quickly. To maintain healthy soil, rotate your crops in your garden as you would with a larger one and use plenty of compost and fertilizer. Making your own compost is the best way you can have control over the quality of soil in your garden. You can even use food scraps directly from your kitchen in your garden.
Look for dwarf versions of plants
Several popular plants have been bred to grow in dwarf varieties. These are ideal for growing commonly large vegetables such as tomatoes and peppers in a small garden. With varieties such as these, you can grow vegetables even in a small patio garden, allowing you to enjoy the benefits of homegrown vegetables.
Only grow the most valuable foods
A small garden may require you to be a bit more intentional about what you plant. Make sure you decide what you want to grow in your garden and what you will get the most benefit from. Make a list of the produce that you and your family enjoy and compare the prices to find out what you should grow to save you money.
Use your indoor space
If you have limited space for gardening you can add to it by making use of your indoor space. From growing potted plants indoors in the winter to a full-fledged hydroponic garden you have a lot of great options for making use of your indoor garden.