If you’re like many people, you may think that you don’t have enough space to start a garden. But even if you live in an apartment or have a small yard, there are still plenty of plants that will thrive in your environment. In fact, with a little creativity, create a garden that perfectly suits your needs and your living space.
1. Choose plants that don’t need a lot of space.
Plants that grow vertically, like cucumbers and peas, will give you more yield for each square inch of garden space. You can also choose plants that grow on the ground instead of upright. Lettuce, carrots, strawberries, and onions are all easily grown in small spaces. Choosing these kinds of plants will save you a lot of space while still being able to care for a growing plant.
2. Use vertical gardening to maximize space.
Plants that grow up instead of out, like tomatoes and cucumbers, can maximize your garden space. You can even use old items for vertical gardening. Repurpose items that are no longer being used as tomato cages. Old chairs or ladders can also be great temporary supports for your plants.
You can consult with a garden designer to plan a garden wall that you can build indoors if you don’t have space outside. A garden wall can maximize your space so you can grow more plants. This can be built into the physical structure of the wall or just placed o top of the surface with moss underneath.
You can also maximize vertical space outdoors with trellises. Trellises are great if you don’t have a lot of space because you can plant upright plants like pole beans and let them climb up the trellis. These are also aesthetically pleasing in a garden setting so you will have a beautiful garden as well.
3. Grow food indoors.
If you don’t have outdoor space for gardening, why not try growing them indoors? There are many fruits and vegetables that will thrive in containers or under artificial lights indoors. You can even grow herbs that you use for cooking, like basil and oregano. Just keep in mind that if you’re growing your garden indoors, you will need to provide proper lighting. The best kind of artificial lighting for indoor plants should emit enough (but not too much) heat, depending on the kind of plant you are growing.
4. Make the most of patios or decks.
If you have a patio or deck outside, why not make the most of it with a garden? You can grow many plants outdoors, even in the shade. Just keep in mind that some plants need more sun than others to thrive. Keep them in practical pots that will fit in your deck and water them as necessary. You can also utilize hanging plant pots and baskets to grow small plants.
5. Look at your space from different angles.
If you’re really determined to grow a garden but don’t think there’s enough room in your yard, look around you and see what other angles might work. You can grow plants in your backyard that will not get too tall, like perennials, other low-growing plants, and groundcovers.
6. Try container gardening.
If you live in an apartment building and still want to grow a garden, try container gardening. There are plenty of plants that will thrive in pots and other containers. Lettuce, herbs, strawberries, squash, and tomatoes can all be grown effectively in containers indoors or outdoors.
7. Try square-foot gardening if you have less space.
Square-foot gardening is another way to grow food if you don’t have a lot of space outdoors. This method uses small plots that are divided into squares for each plant. It’s perfect for planting smaller vegetables like lettuce and bush beans but also works well with larger plants like tomatoes and cucumbers. All you need is a square foot of space for each plant.
8. Hang plant pots from the ceiling.
If you don’t have any outdoor space or deck, yet still want to grow a garden, try hanging up pots of plants on the ceiling. You can use small baskets or even hang planters like grapes to make your own garden indoors. Once your indoor garden is set up, water regularly and fertilize as necessary.
If you’re short on space, there are plenty of ways to work around that and still have a thriving garden. You can grow plants in containers indoors or outdoors, use vertical gardening techniques, or try square-foot gardening. No matter your situation, there is a way to make it work for you. With a little bit of creativity and some helpful tips, you’ll be on your way to having the green thumb everyone always told you you had!