Gardening Tips & Tidbits: Gardening in Small Spaces
Would you love to garden but feel like you can’t simply because you don’t have a large yard? Back in the days of traditional row gardening, that might have been the case, but now anyone can garden, even in seriously small spaces!
I live in a 3 bedroom speck home on a cul du sac on less than 1/5th of an acre. My garden is basically the size of a RV parking space where I tend 5 raised beds, a cold frame, a 6×6 greenhouse, 2 potato towers, 3 asparagus whiskey barrels, and a teepee trellis. And of course, I want more room to grow, but I have seen some pretty great ideas on Pinterest for gardening in small spaces and I wanted to show one to you.
This year, I decided to try my hand at gutter gardening. Have you seen this? I absolutely fell in love with the idea as soon as I saw it on Pinterest. Thankfully, we had some plastic gutters on hand that were not being used, and were also able to pick up a few metal ones at my local re-store for less than $5.00. I attached them to the front of my greenhouse and planted a few things inside…
I started with parisian carrots and got a whole lot of nothin’. Had they grown, they would have looked like this:Yep, nada. Not sure if I didn’t water enough, or if the gutter was to shallow despite the 1″ long carrot the seed is supposed to grow…so I tried some mixed greens. And oh, glorious day! Check out these beauties: I love their color and variety, and they just look so dang cute growing in that metal gutter, don’t they? These mixed greens have already graced our plates for over a week. I just pluck a few leaves from each of the plants and more grow in their place over the next week or so.
Do you live in an apartment? Maybe a small space without much of a yard? Do you have a fence? A wall? The side of a garage that faces south? If you answered “yes” to any of these, you can grow a gutter garden. All it takes is a spare gutter or two, some screw or brackets to attach it to a sturdy surface, and some soil and seeds. Gutters are great for growing lettuce, radishes, peas, spinach, strawberries, and even tomatoes (in a 4″ deep gutter)!
Here are some great resources to give you more information about Gardening in small spaces!
Small-Space Container Gardens – $9.99 Kindle/$13.31 (33% off) Paperback
Let your kids help dig in the dirt and get them involved in Small Spaces Gardening as well!
Little Gardeners 8 Piece Gardening Tool Set for Kids – $6.50 (57% off!)