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Gardening Alternatives for People Who Can't Have a Garden

Updated on June 16, 2010
A great use of vertical space and container gardening.  Thanks Flickr!
A great use of vertical space and container gardening. Thanks Flickr!

Having a garden in your own backyard is certainly not for everyone. But most people do eat fruits and vegetables and the fresher the better. I would venture to guess that most people would grow at least some of their own food if they had the chance. So how can you do this if you don't have a garden at home or don't want a garden at home? There are several alternatives for you to pick from.

  1. Look into a community garden. These are usually small plots available for people who don't garden at home. My plot is 10 feet x 20 feet and is plenty for what I wanted to grow there. There are community gardens in all the towns surrounding me and are up for grabs for anyone. Typically the city will plow up the land and it is ready for planting at the start of the season. This takes a lot of the hard work out of gardening. You can just go in and plant and then make sure to keep it watered.
  2. Consider container gardening or hanging planters. Plant your vegetables in pots of all sizes. This type of gardening takes a lot of the work out of gardening too. You shouldn't have to weed much, if at all. There is no back breaking labor of tilling up the soil. Just plant a tomato plant instead of flowers.
  3. Look into borrowing or renting land from someone. I know many people that use a portion of a garden at someone else's farm or house. Many times people are just not able to garden every year, but still have the space set aside. See if you can garden in that space and in return share the harvest with the owner of the property.
  4. Do you have a flower bed? There is no law against throwing a tomato or squash plant in your flower bed. In fact, some of the most gorgeous flower beds I have seen have had fruits and vegetables interspersed with the flowers. It is a great way to grow your own veggies without adding a ton of work. I bet no one walking down the street would even notice.
  5. If you don't want to grow any of your own food, or if you truly can't, consider a CSA. A CSA is a Community Supported Agriculture program designed to bring fresh produce from local farmers directly to consumers. I love our CSA and it is a great way to get the freshest of local foods without worrying about a garden at all.

There is nothing like walking out your back door and grabbing a fresh tomato for dinner. I know everyone can't have a large garden at home though, so please consider these alternatives to get more fresh fruits and veggies into your diet. The rewards are tremendous. Until you have grown your own food it is hard to realize just how satisfying it is to provide delicious food for your family. Figure out a way to try it this summer.

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    • Frieda Babbley profile image

      Frieda Babbley 

      8 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

      Wonderful topic. My kids just made an indoor window garden of herbs. There's quite a lot of useful and beautiful plants that can be grown indoors as well. So many options!

    • Hello, hello, profile image

      Hello, hello, 

      8 years ago from London, UK

      Great ideas - these vertical containrs. Thank you.

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      Dardia 

      8 years ago

      Great hub! I love the picture from flickr that is a great idea!

    • H P Roychoudhury profile image

      H P Roychoudhury 

      8 years ago from Guwahati, India

      Alternative gardening is the best practice for aged person. It not only makes the health sound but also supply fresh vegetable.

    • sagebrush_mama profile image

      sagebrush_mama 

      8 years ago from The Shadow of Death Valley...Snow Covered Mountain Views Abound!

      Love the vertical container garden! Great ideas!

    • HealthyHanna profile image

      HealthyHanna 

      8 years ago from Utah

      I have a big enough yard for a traditional garden, but I like something like this better. It is easier, prettier, and less time consuming. It is easier because I don't have to get down on the ground, which is hard for me to do. The downside is I have to water more often and I am having a little trouble figuring that out. The other thing is it is hard to leave home because they need to be watered every day.

    • Simple Tim profile image

      Simple Tim 

      8 years ago

      Gardening is a real joy. I am not much of a cat person but I do love to keep plants...watching them grow...especially vegetable plants that produce is extremely rewarding!I am sure this hub will inspire anyone who loves gardening but does not have the means to have one.Love the pic too its a rather elegant yet practical garden looks like they've recycled old drawers..How clever!

      I love the idea of a community garden too especially since we are evolving into such an anti social society...We don't even know who our neighbours are ...community gardens are great way to keep community spirit alive in the modern world!

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