Want to have a garden, but short on space? Here are a few steps to help you decide which type of small space gardening is for you and get on your way to growing your own vegetables and herbs.
Choose Your Foods
Choosing which vegetables you will plant will depend on a few factors.
First, plant things that you will actually eat. It does you no good to grow eggplant when no one in your family will eat it! If you aren’t sure what to grow, start with a few basics like tomatoes and some herbs. Lettuces are easy to grow and will give you multiple cuttings from just one plant. Have fun looking at all the seed packets and vegetable plants at your local nursery and then choose based on what grows well in your area during that season of the year.
If you’re unsure, The National Gardening Association has a helpful website to help guide you. Remember, if you are a beginner, start with just a few varieties of vegetables. It’s easier to learn about a few varieties and how to plant, water, fertilize, and harvest them rather than trying to manage 10 different vegetables all at once. You can always go bigger down the road.
Follow the planting guide for your seeds and plants found on the packaging. The information on the package will also give you a rough estimate of how often to water and fertilize, and how long until your vegetables can be harvested.
Water and Feed Your Food
How often to water and fertilize can vary greatly on what part of the country you live in, if your plants are in raised beds or containers, and what vegetables you have planted. This may take a small amount of research on your part. Fertilizing will also be something to research. I strongly recommend using only organic fertilizer. You’ll be surprised just how easy that is to do. MotherEarthNews.com has awesome advice on exactly how to fertilize organically.
Harvest and Enjoy
After all your hard work, you will eventually get to enjoy the fruits of your labor (quite literally). It’s so enjoyable to bite into a tomato that you’ve grown yourself. And cooking with your own fresh herbs enhances your foods so much. You’ll be hooked on gardening!
If you’ve got children, be sure to get them involved in your vegetable growing venture. Give them the responsibility for checking their plants every day, as well as watering and fertilizing. If it's summer and your kids needs something to do, let them keep growth charts tracking the progress of the vegetables. They will end up having a more vested interest in the vegetables which in turn might make them more excited about eating them!
Do you enjoy gardening in small spaces? Tweet me your container garden pictures @thedomesticceo and we can share ideas!
Until next time, I'm the Domestic CEO, helping you love your home.