Do you live in a small space without access to a garden but want to grow your own veggies and fruit? Not a problem! You can easily transform your patio, terrace or window ledge into a green growing machine and start a small garden. There are clean and space saving options that connect you to your green thumb and allow you instant access to fresh herbs, veggies or fruits.
Here are three ideas for growing your own fruits and vegetables in a small space:
- Try container gardening. Lettuce, strawberries, eggplant and herbs are great choices.
- Start a vertical garden using trellises. Kiwis, cucumbers, pole beans, zucchini and squash are some edibles that can grow upward. You can also hang light weight container plants on trellises to save space and make an attractive garden piece. Just be sure your trellis is secure, so it doesn’t tip over.
- Create ledge pots. This option is perfect for those with or without an outdoor ledge. Indoor window sills that have at least four hours of sunlight per day are perfect for growing common herbs like basil, oregano, rosemary and thyme. While outdoor ledge or railing planters can be used to grow trailing and upright plants such as sage, chives and parsley.
Even though you won’t have a huge harvest, a small starter garden is a great way for you and your family to get your hands dirty and experiment with growing food. I bet you’ll feel pretty proud of yourself when you serve food you just harvested!
Check out these websites for more information about starting a home garden with your kids:
- Growing Chefs Learn to Garden section
- National Gardening Association’s Family Gardening section
- Canadian Gardening for articles on gardening with kids
Before you get started, check with your building management to find out about any legal, safety and weight regulations before you get too far into your planning.
Growing your own food (no matter the size of your garden) is a great way to save a bit of money on groceries while also stretching your family’s tastes. Try serving up some new veggies or fruits with old favourites – I bet you’ll be surprised at what they’ll try!!
Canadian Gardening - Container Gardening
Canadian Gardening - Fruit and Vegetable Gardening
Growing Chefs Learn to Garden
Canadian Gardening - How to – Gardening with Kids
Canadian Gardening - Planning a Balcony Garden
National Gardening Association - Family Gardening