The biggest thing we hear regarding the woes of starting a garden is “but I have absolutely no space!” We hear your cry of claustrophobia, we do. And we raise you a recycled bottle, a vertical garden, and some simple creativity. All we’re saying is, you probably have more space than you think you do to step into the gardening space. Still don’t believe us? Maybe these tips will help change your mind.
Set Up Your Garden Space
When planning your indoor or outdoor garden set up, it will be important to audit what you are working with. Where in your home receives the best natural and direct sunlight? Do you have wide window sills that might fit some herb bottle gardens, or a tall, skinny tomato plant? Taking stock and planning will help you decide which plants to go for and what you might need. Once you’ve properly planned out your unique garden, do some research to understand your specific environment and what produce you’ll be able to grow successfully in your zone.
Use What You Already Have In Your Small Space
Instead of going out to buy all new pots and planters, and adding to your cramped space, see if you can use what you already own. You can grow basil, parsley, or edible flowers from an emptied out wine bottle, or use mason jars, pallets, or burlap coffee bags as planters. You can find so many things at thrift stores, and garage sales, or you can shop for your supplies at your local potter to help give local businesses some love.
Maybe you don’t have a ton of space on the floor, but you can definitely hang plants from the ceiling. You can use pots of hanging containers, just be aware they may need a bit more frequent watering. You can even grow your plants on top of bookshelves or armoirs as long as the get enough sun. You may even look into certain planters that are made specifically for vertical growth, like the Polanter or terra cotta strawberry pots.
A few plants that naturally grow “up” and may be ideal for small spaces are tomatoes, lemongrass, onions, beans, and any other vine plants. Plant these in narrow containers and encourage the produce to grow vertically to save space. You can also plant citrus trees that have more slender trunks and only begin to round out in size up top when they start to produce fruit.
Test Your Gardening Creativity
Don’t give up so easily. Growing a garden in a small home or apartment is an exciting task to take on! You can get creative by stacking pots, building a hanging herb garden using recycled soda bottles, filling small dresser drawers that you don’t use with plants, or hanging them on the wall. Another way to maximize space is to grow certain plants together, like tall, skinny tomatoes planted with a crop of basil. These crops are ideal because they will grow independently without encroaching on each others’ space. They are also companion plants and will aid in the flavor and growth potential of one another.
Everyone Suck In: Growing Herbs In Small Spaces
Thick small and compact when you are trying to save space in your garden. Herbs are wonderful to start with because they grow in compact bunches and are regularly trimmed when used for cooking. If you have a nice sunny kitchen, we would recommend growing basil, thyme, strawberries, microgreens, and other bush and dwarf varieties of veggies, such as cucumbers and beans.
Do you have experience growing a multitude of crops in small spaces? We want to hear from you! Join the conversation over in our private Facebook group, Indoor Edible Gardening, and let’s share the knowledge.