planting plants where they will thrive

« Back to Home

Landscape Design For Challenging Dwellings

Posted on

You may need to get creative with your gardening if you live in a small space, urban environment, or are an apartment dweller. Just because you lack green-space doesn't condemn you to living without the plants, flowers, and herbs that you want to grow; in fact, there are may clever ways to have bountiful gardens without actual acreage.

Some cool ideas for small-space gardens include:

Potted gardens.

Anything that can be grown outside, in a garden, can be grown in a pot. Some plants will require deeper pots than others, but it can be done by motivated gardeners. Some excellent container plants that don't require much dirt to thrive include herbs, chives, lettuce, and many different varieties of flowers.

Vertical gardens.

Start with a container, trough, or window-box on the ground that you plant your seeds or seedlings in, and add a piece of wire fencing, lattice, or a trellis, positioned behind. Choose climbing flowers, vines, and veggies, training them as they grow to move up the wire support that you placed behind them. One of the advantages of vertical gardens is that plants get a lot of exposure to the sun during climbing; some excellent vertical garden options include cucumbers, tomatoes, ivy, wisteria, and pepper plants.

Window gardens.

If you live in a city apartment, window gardens may be the most practical option for you. These may be inside, on a sill or bay window, or outdoors, such as window-boxes that attach to the exterior wall of your dwelling. Flowers are a natural choice, but add a few herbs such as oregano, mint, or thyme, to give your gardens a delectable fragrance that wafts throughout your home.

Dirt-less garden.

For folks that simply don't have the soil and earth to dig and plant, try some dirt-less gardens to yield crops of things like lettuce, peas, marigolds, herbs, and squash. Lay out a sheet of plastic to protect your surface, then border the space intended for your garden with stones, and cover the inside of the space with recycled newspaper; cover the newspaper with a layer of compost or fertilizer, and top with a layer of straw or mulch. Put your plants in space and fill in the gaps with potting soil, watering them as you normally would.

Before you resign yourself to a summer without getting your hands dirty gardening, consider some of these alternatives to conventional crops and beds. These are ideal for small-spaces or city-dwellers that still want to experience the satisfaction of growing their own flowers, veggies, and herbs. Talk with garden retailers like Waynesboro Nurseries Inc about clever containers, hardy plants, and useful implements that will keep your green-thumb busy all season long!