Small-Space Growing Tips For Avid Gardeners
Are you an avid gardener? Have you recently moved to a new home, only to discover that there is little room for your favorite hobby? Even the smallest apartments can be used for gardening, but it's even better if you actually have a house with even a tiny yard. Here are some tips that will help you to make the most of your space and to get the flowers or vegetables that you really want:
Get a storage unit: If your home is very small, it probably doesn't have room for half of the gardening tools and equipment that you'll need or want. If you get a climate controlled storage rental, you can keep excess seeds and bulbs in the unit for safe keeping. With storage unit that isn't climate controlled, you run the risk of potentially damaging your seeds or bulbs due to temperature fluctuations. Bulbs especially like cool and even temperatures. Because they are also alive, seeds want similar storage conditions. While you might be tempted to keep next year's crop in your tiny attic or in an unheated garage to keep them out of the way, the extreme temperatures in such places could kill the plants or seeds in question.
Research different growing methods: If you're used to a larger yard and a huge garden, the shift to a smaller space can be a bit disorienting. Certain planting methods can more suitable for smaller spaces than bigger ones, so you may not have used or even heard about them before now. For example, if you want to have fruit trees, but you don't have much space, using espalier pruning methods can give you very compact, almost vine-like, fruit trees that take up a fraction of the space of a regular full-grown tree.
Use lots of pots and planters: Some gardeners may feel like they're somehow a failure if they have to resort to using pots or planters for what they want to grow. But the truth is that it can be trickier to grow plants in pots than in the ground, due to fluctuations in both water and temperature. Due to their relatively small size, a pot or planter will heat up and dry out much more quickly than a patch of dirt that is the same size. So there's nothing wrong with taking advantage of all the vertical space you can and using hanging pots, vertical planters, and anything else that will hold dirt. If you plant annuals in your pots, you can take the empty pots to your storage rental in the fall to be kept until springtime comes around again. Contact a facility, such as Stor-King, for more information.