Friday, July 5, 2013

Gardening in a Small Space

With a lot of people moving back into urban areas, apartments and condominiums, space for gardening has become a top notch commodity. Many people living in the afore mentioned places may only have a small balcony, patio or if really lucky a small patch of yard in which to use to design a garden space. It can be done and can look quite nice too. Sprucing up a small drab area into something vibrant and colorful.

One of the easiest and least expensive ideas are flower boxes. They come in a variety of sizes and forms or if you are handy with a hammer you can build your own to the specifications you desire. With flower boxes you can plant flowers, of course, along with vegetables if you so desire. They are extremely versatile because you can hang them from a window sill, a balcony railing, set them on the ground or put them on an outdoor table top. There are many beautiful flowers you can plant in boxes such as pansies, zinnias, petunias, marigolds and the list is almost endless. There are a wide variety of vegetables you can plant in boxes as well. They include but are not limited to tomatoes, arugula, spinach and lettuce to name a few. All most any herb can be grown successfully in a box as well. Nothing like picking off a sprig of your favorite herb while cooking.

When living in an area where your outdoor space is limited, another route to go is with a vertical garden. These type of gardens are very attractive, especially if you have hanging plants in them. They are relatively inexpensive to build or can be bought at your local home improvement store. You can get/make them in various heights and usually only take up about 2-3 feet of ground space. I have found that ferns and strawberries work well in these types of gardens.

Another place to plant a garden in a limited space is a parkway garden. You know that strip between the sidewalk and the street that no one ever knows what to do with. You can make this type of garden very low maintenance. Plants that would thrive here are unthirsty, not picky about soil conditions, somewhat hearty and have varied bloom times. You can fill this space with wild flowers perhaps and give your yard that free and easy feel.

No matter how big or small your area is that you would like to plant a garden, all you basically need are desire, some dirt, a few seeds, a little water and a whole lot of TLC. A garden can make any area of your yard or patio look so much more inviting. One of the great things about a small garden is you can reap the benefits of flowers, fruits or vegetables with very little effort or invest of time and money. Go sow some seeds and enjoy!

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