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Quarantines are never fun. However, if there’s one thing which can get your mind off the constant stream of bad news, it’s small space vegetable gardening. It is a fun activity for you and your family, it will provide you with delicious vegetables and the best part is, the size of your home doesn’t matter that much.
So, if you:
This is how to start a small vegetable garden!
And, for a more in-depth guide on vegetable gardening for beginners, check out our helpful blog post!
There’s no point in wasting space with vegetables you will never eat. If you’re not sure where to start from, here’s a hint – start from the basics. Tomatoes and lettuce are easy to grow and can be used in a great variety of salads and meals. It’s also good to know what grows best in which season. Fortunately, we’re entering the spring period, so you will have a vast array of plants to choose from.
Start only with a handful of vegetables, so you get the hang of it more easily. Seed packaging has plenty of information on how to take care of your vegetables and also how long it should take for the plant of your choice to grow. Still, if you feel you need more information and guidance, we recommend you check out the National Gardening Association’s food guides. It covers vegetables, fruits and herbs. It also has information on soil, which is very important for a successful garden of any kind.
These are also known as garden boxes. They are the perfect solution for those of you who like to work with their hands on different projects. The reason is, these boxes need to be constructed. Unless you already have old drawers to use as garden beds, you can order a box set and assemble it yourself.
Either way, it’s one way to make a small vegetable garden in your apartment and move it to a different room if necessary. Heck, you can even keep it on your terrace, if you have one.
This is a very similar concept to raised bed gardens. However, here you don’t need to construct a box. You can use a handful of items for pots such as: coffee cans, plastic water bottles, plastic boxes and so on. Basically, anything which is container shaped and big enough to house a plant. We recommend you don’t use the tiniest of containers, however, as the soil in smaller containers tends to dry out more quickly.
Don’t forget to make drainage holes in whatever you will use for a pot. Also, gather your kids and ask them to paint the containers, that would be fun and get them invested early on.
No-dig gardening methods are becoming ever more popular and for good reason. They are quite low maintenance and they can be set up on any surface. For instance, you may only have a small garden that is covered in concrete. This can be expensive and time consuming to tear up, so why not just start a garden on top of it?
To make one, all you need is cardboard or newspaper, compost, fertiliser, twigs, sticks and some soil. All of these materials are cheap and found everywhere. For more information on no-dig benefits and how to set one up yourself, have a look at our article on no-dig gardening.
If you are tight on floor space, a vertical vegetable garden is the better alternative. You can drill new holes in your walls to hang these pots, or put your paintings in the closet and hang the pots in their place. An alternative idea is to just put your pots on shelves. That way you won’t alter your walls any further than they already are. You can also order stackable wall planters if you want your vertical garden to look more stylish. Check out these awesome examples of vertical gardens for inspiration.
You can expand the idea of vertical gardens by utilising climbing plants. Vegetable harvesting is easier because you can actually see where the fruits are and the hazard of fungal disease is quite low. You can make the climbing surface, by making a DIY trellis, or order one online from IKEA.
All kinds of vegetables can be planted in this case, such as tomatoes, peas, squash, cucumbers, pole beans and more.
What is your experience with gardening at home? Do you have some tricks or pointers you’d like to share? Let us know in the comment section!
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