Creating Container Gardens in Small Spaces
There are many ways to create a garden in a small space. Whether your intent is to grow fruits and vegetables for consumption, or you would just like some pretty plants to liven up your home, there are all kinds of containers that can help you create a contaner garden with limited space.
Probably the most common of all space saving planters, everyone has a friend or neighbor that utilizes these rectangular receptacles. Window boxes vary greatly by size and color, and many of the newer versions are self watering. They can be used for flowers, herbs, and smaller vegetables.
Most often used for green plants and flowers, an easy way to display your plants is to place them in hanging planters. If you have enough space for a vine, you can start with a small plant and let it grow along a wall. Attention to size and color of the planter will add an extra bit of style.
Would you like to grow a hearty vegetable, like potatoes or tomatoes, but lack the space? A grow bag is what you’re looking for. Made of a porous fabric, these bags allow the roots to receive oxygen and water. You’ll need to have a sunny spot to sit the bag in, as well as an organic potting mix. Most grow bags fit easily into an eighteen inch space.
Don’t have any planters (or money to buy them) on hand? You may want to search the house for unused kettles and pots. A sterling tea kettle can make a handsome planter for your yard or porch. The same goes for barrels, tubs, and old-fashioned bins. Let your imagination run wild. If you can find a way to present it properly, you can use almost any of these as container gardens to showcase your plants.
Container Gardens: A Rule of Thumb
Select containers that have a wide opening. Steer clear of wood containers, as these tend to rot easily and won’t do well in enclosed settings. Clay pots are porous, and you may end up having to use more water on your plants because of this. The drainage openings should be about a half inch across. Soil-less potting mixes are available at gardening stores, and are good for most container garden plants.
With some imagination, planning, and attention to detail, you can create a green space in the smallest of areas. Whether your goal is to brighten your surroundings or grow produce for your home, container gardening is a viable solution. Give it a try, and you may be surprised by how much you enjoy it.
About the Author: Deborah Blair is a full-time writer and blogger with a passion for health,wellness, and green living. She also writes about education and medical careers and is a regular contributor at aboutmedicalbillingandcoding.org.