Monday, 25 September 2017

Size Doesn't Matter: Practical Tips For Growing Food In A Small Space



Many people mistakenly think they need a large garden, or even farmland, to grow food. This isn’t true, as it is possible to yield a sizeable harvest in the smallest of spaces. So, if you don’t have a garden, or you don’t think your land is big enough to grow food, we have some ideas you may find useful.


Use the space you have




So you don’t have a garden? Fear not, there are other spaces where food can be grown. Planters can be hung on balconies and fences, and you can also affix them to the walls on the exterior of your home. You could grow fruit from vines, such as grapes, by lining them around mailbox or fence posts. You might also place pots and planters on your windowsill. So, despite your lack of garden space, you can utilize other areas around your home.

Buy a greenhouse

You may not have a garden, but if you have a yard space outside your home, greenhouses are perfect. They can come in all kinds of sizes, from around 4 feet to 12 feet, so you could feasibly buy something that can be accommodated in your space. A greenhouse can be used to grow crops all year round, so even during the colder months, temperature controlled heaters can be used to maintain food and plant growth.

Remember to fertilize

When gardening in a small area, such as a planter or a raised bed, your crops will deplete the nutrients in the soil faster than they would in a larger area. So if you have tried this idea, but given up because you don’t think it’s practical, you have probably failed to fertilize sufficiently. There is advice here on how to fertilize container plants, including using compost teas, that will help you get the most from your small-scale gardening.

Attract pollinators

Pollinators, such as bees and butterflies, are essential to a garden’s success. Through cross-pollination, they fertilize plants and food crops, encouraging growth. Therefore, always mix flowers in with your vegetables and herbs, as the scent and bright colours will invite the pollinators in to get about their business. You should also think about planting edible herbs, such as dill and basil, which will also attract our insect friends.

Maximize your space

If you only have a small amount of space, you don’t want to plant any varieties that will leave little room for anything else. So, if you only have a square foot of soil, forget about cauliflower and broccoli in that area, as not only do they take up space, but they only yield one harvest. Instead, plant those foods that won’t take up a lot of space, and have higher yields. For example, carrots, onions, radishes, and lettuce, are perfect for those of you growing in small pieces of land or containers.

Grow miniature fruiting trees




You can grow miniature fruiting trees on a small patch in your garden, or in a container, allowing you to have your quota of fresh fruit without having to grow an orchard. Nearly every fruit imaginable can be grown, from apples to peaches, so you can buy according to taste. For a faster yield, buy at least two, as this will allow them to cross-pollinate.

Finally

Great things do come in small packages, so don’t let your lack of space put you off from growing food. Let us know if you have ideas of your own.


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