Summer Gardens for Small Spaces
There are many
people who relish the idea of having a summer garden but feel that
the reality is well outside the realm of the possible. The good
news is that in the modern world in which we live nothing could be
further from the truth. The only thing is you may have to rearrange
your idea of what a summer garden is and is not. You can still
manage to have the beauty of flowers or fresh picked vegetables in
almost any situation if you are willing to take the necessary extra
steps required to do so.
First of all, those who live in high rise buildings often feel
as though they have no options larger than a window sill for their
gardening needs. This is often not the case. Discuss with the
landlord the option of establishing raised gardens on the roof top
of the building in which you live. These are becoming more and more
popular and some buildings also offer greenhouse possibilities,
usage, or space to tenants to satisfy the urge many of us get to
give our green (or not so green as the case may be) thumbs an
adequate workout. Raised gardens are a great choice for many
landlords and building owners as long as they are created and
maintained at the expense of the tenant who proposed the garden.
Some buildings even offer gardening coops as perks to those who
live within the building and a system of contributing and sharing
the fruits of the labor of those who have contributed to these
gardens by planting and maintaining flowers, plants, fruits, and/or
vegetables. This is also a great way to meet neighbors that may
share your passion.
If you live in a smaller apartment type of setting that has
little or no lawn space you still have a few options available to
you. First of all, many of these types of apartments come with
balcony space or a small patio area. This means that you can use
ferns or flowering plants to add a little bit of green and other
colors and have the plants hanging along the patio or balcony.
Another thing that is growing in popularity for small spaces is
hanging vegetables such as tomatoes. This is a little outside the
area of traditional but provides the opportunity for fresh tomatoes
to even those who have very limited gardening space. Small peppers
also do well growing upside down though this isn't recommended for
the larger sweet peppers as they are too heavy for the vines to
support. Going up with your garden frees up that valuable ground
space for must have plants to be planted in raised gardens that can
be made quite small to accommodate your specific needs.
A vertical garden is yet another option. This requires some
degree of handyman skills or knowing someone that has these skills
for designing and building a platform for your gardening needs that
allows you to grow the flowers or vegetables you crave without
taking up nearly as much ground space. This is also a convenient
way of gardening for those who are in wheelchairs and cannot get up
and down for regular gardening tasks as easily. A vertical garden
can be planted with very little ground space, such as what would be
available on a patio or a balcony and allows for many more plants
that one might expect with such a small growing space. Combine this
method with hanging plants and you may find that you have quite an
impressive little summer garden growing.
Do not allow
limited real estate to be an obstacle for your summer garden needs.
One way to overcome this is to begin thinking vertically when it
comes to real estate rather than horizontally. You may discover
that you have a lot more room with which to work than you realized.
The important thing to remember is that your summer garden does not
have to conform to anyone's idea of what a summer garden should be.
Make it your own and have fun.