Grow Vegetables in Small Spaces
Not everyone has a large yard in which they can grow a garden. Growing our own food has certainly fallen by the wayside since we can now get any food we want at the grocery store down the street. Between these two issues, gardening has not been popular the past couple of decades. I am seeing a resurgence though, as more and more people want to trim their food bill and eat better tasting food. Growing your own vegetables will provide you with the best tasting produce you have ever had. But because of the small lot sizes in most yards how can you grow your own food in small spaces?
It isn't just small yards, but also people who live in apartments and condos or for those people who rent and can't tear up the yard. The majority of people don't have a lot of space to grow their own food. But I still think they can grow some. You might have to get creative, but it will be worth it.
Container gardening is an option for anyone to grow their own food. In fact even though I have a large garden, I also grow some food in containers. Herbs and salad fixings really lend themselves to containers. You can grow several herbs in one pot, even bringing the pot indoors in the winter and letting it continue to grow in a sunny window. I like container gardening because I have a mostly shaded yard. I can move my pots around with the sun easily and grow more food this way. At a gardening center a couple of weeks ago I saw a medium size pot with a basil plant, a miniature cherry tomato plant, and lettuce plants all in the one pot. You can grow your own salad in one pot. Yum!
Square foot gardening is another way to grow your own food in a small space. Your typical box is four feet by four feet but you can make one any size you wish to fit any space you wish. I have known people to set these boxes on their patios to have the garden very close to the house and accessible. These boxes can even be moved from year to year if you need to do that.
Have you ever seen the upside down tomato planters? These planters allow you to grow tomatoes in a hanging basket, making it perfect for porches. There are also upside down planters for strawberries. I tried out the Topsy Turvy tomato planters last year and was surprised at how well they did. I thought the plant would get too heavy for the planter, but it held up great and produced tomatoes just like my in ground tomato plants. I see no reason why you couldn't use these planters for cucumbers, herbs, green beans, etc. They really do open up a world of gardening possibilities for the person who has no yard.
Don't let the lack of yard space stop you from growing your own food. There are plenty of options for growing veggies in small spaces. Then you too can enjoy delicious locally grown food.
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