While a large space provides the ideal area and freedom for gardening, it does not mean that you can’t garden in a small space. In some ways, small space gardening has various advantages over traditional gardening in medium or large sized gardens. If you find yourself restricted by the size of your gardening area, here is a brief guide to help you optimise it. It includes preparation tips, what and how to plant and advice on essential gardening tools you must have.
1. Use containers instead of planting directly
For really small spaces, containers can help you make better use of your space than planting directly into the ground. You can go with containers that can be hanged up or larger boxes for placing on the ground. Containers also ensure that plants make efficient use of available water and nutrients.
2. Try vertical gardening
Vertical gardening can give you lots of additional space to plant edibles while also adding to the aesthetics of your garden. There are many household items such as a wood pallet or hanged gutters that you can turn into a vertical garden. Alternatively buy structures that have been designed specifically for vertical planting.
3. Have the right plants
The kind of plants you plan to put in your smaller sized garden matter a lot. For instance, if you choose plants that tend to spread sideways, you will only be able to have a couple of them before all your space is taken up. If you are interested in edible gardening, opt for upwards growing plants such as legumes, passion fruit and tomatoes.
Alternatively, buy plant varieties that have been specifically bred to have dwarf characteristics. This is usually indicated when you are buying seeds or seedlings. Dwarf plants are especially good for very small gardens since they can produce a lot in limited spaces. If you are planting for aesthetics go for plants such as ferns and bromeliads.
4. Learn proper maintenance
Tending to small gardens is a bit different than maintaining larger ones. For one, small gardens need to be watered more frequently. This is because the shallow soil and small space means that plants take only a little water at a time. The same goes for nutrients. The little soil available may not hold enough nutrients for plants. Supplement with organic compost to enrich the soil.
5. Have the right tools
To tend your small garden properly you need the right tools. Luckily, you do not have to spend lots of money on large pieces of equipment like tractors. With a small budget, you can have all the tools you need including a watering can, a pair of gloves, trowels and a wheelbarrow. Small portable garden sheds in New Zealand can prove useful when it comes to storing your tools and won’t take up too much space.
As there are more and more demands being made on land for housing, the land available for gardening grows smaller, especially in urban areas. But with some creativity, you can have your own flourishing small garden. Riverlea Group is here to ensure that you succeed. They specialise in providing various outdoor products and they are known for manufacturing some of the best garden sheds in New Zealand. Whether you need a plastic, designer or wooden garden shed, they have them all. Visit their website at www.riverleagroup.co.nz to find out more.