If you really want to put your outside space to work, why not grow some of your own produce? People assume you need a large space such as an allotment to be able to yield a good crop. But fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers can be planted and grown successful in even the smallest of spaces. It’s fun, saves you money, and you know that everything you’re getting is free of pesticides and chemicals. Here are some of the issues people find when they’re looking into growing their own, and how you’re able to get around these problems.
Problem: I Have a small garden without much floor space!
Solution: Use wall mounted planters and hanging baskets
If you have a small yard without much room to maneuver, utilize wall space instead! You can mount a number of hanging baskets to a wall or fence. These can be used to grow everything from strawberries to tomatoes to compact herbs such as parsley, thyme, and rosemary. You can create wall mounted planters out of palettes or make them yourself with some wood and nails. You could create a whole ‘wall’ of planters and baskets, and grow all kinds of things just from this. Even growing your own flowers to cut and use in the house can save you a lot of money over the spring and summer, rather than buying them from a store.
Problem: My garden is completely concreted or slabbed over!
Solution: Use large plant pots and planters
If you don’t have any soil in your garden where it’s all been concreted over or slabbed, use pots instead. You can create a thriving herb garden in pots, since they do very well in containers. When it comes to herbs like mint, it’s actually advisable to plant it in pots otherwise it can spread and take over gardens! You could use regular large plant pots, wooden planters or even reuse miscellaneous containers you have lying around as pots (just make sure you drill holes in the bottom, so the soil doesn’t get waterlogged).
Problem: I’m too busy or forgetful to water plants every day!
Solution: Use Timed Sprinklers
Getting plants established can be time-consuming if you’re doing it the old fashioned way. If you’re filling up a watering can or going out with a hose each day to make sure your plants stay hydrated it can take time. If you want to avoid this task entirely, just buy a timed sprinkler to attach to your hose. They’re not expensive and mean your plants always get enough water without you having to go and do it manually. Investing in some hydroponics supplies can make your life in the garden much easier.
Problem: My back/ knees or other health issue make getting up and down difficult!
Solution: Use Raised Beds
Do you have health problems that restrict your movement, and make leaning down and getting up difficult? You don’t have to give up your dreams of gardening or growing your own! Simply invest in some raised flower beds, these make everything much easier to water and maintain right from a standing position.
Were you putting off gardening or growing your own due to any of these reasons? Now you know there are solutions, will you be giving it a try?