Posted 3rd Aug 2015
Overcome the obstacles that come with limited space and grow your own in any garden or outdoor area with these handy tips from Tiger Sheds
Whether it’s because you have a small garden, are renting your property, or live in a flat, these can all seem like barriers to growing your own vegetables. Believe it or not, having a patch of ground to plant the seeds in isn’t a prerequisite to getting your hands dirty and reaping the benefits of home-grown vegetables.
With a little ingenuity and the right idea for the space you do have, there’s a creative option out there for you. To give you a little helping hand, we’ve put together a list of some of the best ways to grow your own vegetables when your outdoor space is limited.
If you live in an apartment then window boxes are the number one choice. They’re surprisingly suitable for growing veggies too, despite the limited surface area. Instead, it’s the depth of the window box which will impact on which vegetables you can grow – lettuce will grow well in a 20cm box and if you can stretch up to 30cm then try carrots or beans. Tiger Sheds have plenty more tips for growing in window boxes here.
If you have a flat roof then make the most of this wasted space with a potted veg garden. Just one word of warning – be wary if you live in a windy area and choose an area near to an existing wind breaker, such as a wall. Install a mesh screen on the opposite side to diffuse the wind coming through and protect your delicate plants.
Flip things on their head – literally – with ceiling-mounted sky planters. These are great indoors or to maximise unused space at the top of a greenhouse and perfect for growing strawberries. A hidden mesh and small ceramic lid fits into the pot to prevent soil from spilling out.
In a small garden, there might not be much in the way of ground space – overcome this by planting upwards! There are various ways to do this, from pots attached to a sturdy trellis framework to hanging bottle gardens. RHS has a great tutorial for the former here.
A resourceful way of planting and recycling at the same time, prop open the drawers of an old chest, fill them with soil and you’ll have a nifty tiered vegetable patch. This is ideal as it’s so portable; if you rent and can’t touch the garden, give this a go.
By Tiger Sheds
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