Don’t let the lack of space be a reason or an excuse for not having a vegetable garden in your home. Thousands of people are in your same situation and that is the space they have available to grow fresh fruit, vegetables and herbs from seeds is very limited.
Maybe you live in a big city and the available land is scarce, or you live in an apartment building or an apartment and the only thing available is a patio. Either way, there are some great solutions to help you with this. You can grow your fresh vegetables in no time.
I recently spoke to Tracy Godsey, who runs the small Eden’s Container blog container. Tracy started her little vegetable gardening adventures when growing fruit, vegetables and herbs in containers, that’s all she could do with her limited apartment space, which consisted mainly of a balcony.
“I currently grow herbs on my patio including basil, oregano parsley, thyme, mint and chives. Basil and parsley are the only plants that will not overwinter in my outdoor containers,” says Tracy. “In a vegetable garden, life size plants can grow in any pot that contains 3-5 gallons of soil. Large plants like tomatoes need 5 gallons, while plants with shallow roots like lettuce can get by in a 3 gallon jar. Even smaller plants like radishes can grow well in trays and produce a crop very quickly. If you don’t have a container handy, you can create one by filling a plastic tube (like a garbage bag or a bread wrap) with potting soil. pipes are known as cultivation bags. ”
Tracy reminded me of a very important factor that I had not thought of and that was the weight of what you are growing. If you find yourself on a second-floor balcony where weight will be a problem, Tracy recommends selecting smaller heirloom varieties and growing them in hanging baskets.
Just because you’re limited in space doesn’t mean you’re limited to what you can cultivate. Remember to select fruit, vegetables and herbs that you and your family will consume. Since space is a prize, you don’t want to waste anyone with discarded items. Be careful not to excessively wet the items in containers and make sure that the containers have adequate drainage holes. To protect against dirt leakage through the drain holes, use coffee filters on the bottom or paper towels. Both options allow water to pass through but not dirt.
On a final note, “never put ordinary dirt into containers, just potting soil,” says Tracy. “You will have much better success as the soil is already formulated for growing potted plants.”
Now it’s your turn to roll up your sleeves, take some containers, fill them with soil and plant the seeds of your favourite fruits, vegetables and herbs. Do not let space, or in this case, its lack, forbid you to eat fresh from the garden.