Small Space Gardening for Beginners

If You're Short on Space You Can Still Have a Garden!

small space gardenEven with limited space you can still enjoy the benefits or having a garden. There are a variety of methods in which you can maximize the little amount of space you have and turn your little amount of space into a veritable jungle. Below we will go over a few of those methods and you can decide which one is right for you.

 

Vertical Gardening

People get so caught up in how much ground space they have they neglect to look up. There is plenty of space along the vertical plane. It is time to think in three dimensions. Vertical gardening is using that horizontal space with thing like hanging baskets and trellises. There are many plants that are natural climbers such as beans and peas that are perfect for trellises. You can also train soft stemmed plants to grow up. Add in a few hanging baskets and you will be amazed at how much space you actually have. You won’t find this method in books titled, “Vegetable Gardening tips for Beginners”, but the method itself is not that difficult.

 

Container Gardening

Container gardening is an old stand by when it comes to small space gardening. If you have ever planted a flower in a pot and stuck it on your front porch you have practiced container gardening. Container gardening uses pots, planters, and baskets in lieu of planting directly in the soil. Almost anything can be grown within a container. Container gardening is only limited by the imagination.  You also cannot overlook the fact that your garden is right there on your backporch.  It is right outside your door. Just move your tool rack for garden tools to your porch and you’re set.

 

Square Foot Gardening

Square foot gardening is a slightly more advanced method than the other two. It involves careful planning and implementation to maximize the amount of plants you can grow in one square foot of soil. Square foot gardening involves laying out your garden in a grid form with the blocks being no larger than 4 x 4 feet. Pathways run in between the blocks so that they can easily be weeded and maintained. All plants should be within easy reach of the pathway. You should never have to walk into the growing area.

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