Everything you need to know to grow a small-space garden
If you’ve ever lived in a condo or apartment, you’ve probably experienced major FOMO over the beautiful, lush gardens you simply don’t have space for.
Luckily, that doesn’t have to be the case. Whether you have a patio or even just a sunny windowsill, you can still get in on the gardening action! Here are some tips for growing a small-space garden.
Why we love small-space gardening
Beyond the obvious fact that flowers, plants, and herbs are beautiful, there are many more great reasons to start your mini garden. For starters, flowers are major mood boosters and might even help reduce stress. Who doesn’t want to add a little extra happiness to their daily lives?
Plus, having your own mini garden will help cut down your grocery bill. You can add flavor and nutrition to your favorite dishes by growing your own herbs and veggies!
And if you’re worried about the wellbeing of bees and butterflies, you can help them thrive by planting flowers like poppies, lavender, geraniums, and sunflowers. You can even take it a step further with our “Plant these, save the bees” tee!
Growing conditions will make or break your small-space garden
You want to make the most of your limited space, so definitely invest in plants you truly love – just make sure you can supply the right conditions.
When you don’t have a lot of room, a little herb garden filled with basil, cilantro, and rosemary (or any of your other favorites) is a great option. If you’re leaning towards veggies, tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, beets, and lettuce should grow well in single, large containers.
If your patio or windowsill doesn’t get a ton of light, plant some ferns, begonias, lilies, or mint – they all thrive in low light.
How to get started on your small-space garden
First of all, pick some planters you adore – finding second-hand options is a great way to recycle. Stacked planters also help to make the most of your space. Just make sure you’re not breaking any of your building’s bylaws before you start planting – nobody wants to get in trouble with their building manager!
If you have an indoor garden and are also a pet owner, triple check that your plants of choice aren’t poisonous to animals!
As for supplies, you’ll need soil (unless you go with pre-planted options), a watering can, a trowel, and fertilizer – basically, just the essentials. How easy is that? If you want to make things even more simple, pick up an herb starter kit. All you have to do is water and watch your beautiful herbs grow!
Gardens are a great resource for your plant-based lifestyle – and you definitely shouldn’t have to miss out just because you live in a small space! Yard or no yard, there are plenty of opportunities to exercise your green thumb.
Learn more about gardening:
- How to plant a garden that will save butterflies and bees
- Which beautiful and bee-friendly flower are you?