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5 Tips for Gardening in a Small Space

Posted by on May 26, 2013 in Home & Garden | 0 comments

With or without an allotment to keep a spring and summer garden going, the idea of moving from house to flat calls for some creative gardening solutions. Of course, not every perfect spring flower or vegetable will thrive in a small environment without space (and sun) to grow. But even in a small flat, it’s possible to have a bit of fun with the right gardening ideas. You’ll need to swing by the local gardening centre for a few plants and seeds, and perhaps take a look at MySmartBuy for any additional equipment – but once that’s done, you can turn your attention toward working miniature gardens into your limited space. Here are 5 tips on how to do so.

1. Use A Self-Watering Container
Self-watering containers are great for tight space (when you can’t really garden in the ground) because they simulate ordinary growing conditions for your plants. Basically, the idea is that a planting container sits within a “reservoir container,” which holds water. The arrangement allows for the soil in the planting container to soak up water from below, which is more natural than the ordinary method of watering houseplants by pouring water on top.

2. Garden On Window Sills
Perhaps the easiest way to work in a bit of gardening in a cramped flat is to hang plants off of the window sills. Granted, you can’t exactly put together a full vegetable garden this way, but you may be surprised at what you can do. One great suggestion for this sort of planting is to aim for growing herbs, seeing as a little goes a long way with these plants. Plus, think how fun it is to lean out your kitchen window and pluck fresh basil!

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3. Garden Vertically
Hanging containers one above the other is a great way to consolidate garden space vertically. There are some pots and containers designed in this fashion, and some even improvise with cut up pieces of rain gutters! Whatever the case, a hanging vertical garden can give you more garden space than you ever thought you had.

4. Use Rooftops Or Decks
This one’s pretty straightforward. If you’re lucky enough to have access to your flat’s rooftop, or a small porch or deck, turn it into a garden space! You don’t need an expansive stretch of soil to get a few nice plants going, and porch space is ideal.

5. Try A Veggie Pot
Finally, if you have limited space but want a convenient vegetable garden, try a veggie pot! Basically, this is an entire vegetable garden in a single large pot or container. The fact is, many household vegetables don’t require a great deal of space, so a number can be grown effectively in close proximity. A tomato plant surrounded by herbs, for example, can work just fine in a single pot in a corner of your home that gets appropriate sun.

This is a guest post by Justin Dowling. Justin is a freelance writer who covers a variety of topics on gardening, nature preservation, and sustainability.
Thank you Justin for these wonderful ideas, which are so useful now that I’ve lost a garden in my house-to-apartment move.

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Handmade Thursday: Pretty Ice Cubes

Posted by on Jun 30, 2011 in Food & Drink, Home & Garden | 11 comments

Maybe I am stretching the concept of ‘handmade’ just a little bit too far here – but my contribution this week is a post about ice cubes!

On my allotment the annual herb borage self-seeds freely, and I let it do so, as the pretty blue flowers attract bees, and I like to use them to freeze in ice and add to summer drinks.

 

 

It does not involve any more than that – collecting the flower heads and placing one in each individual ice cube (or ice heart in this case) compartment, and filling up with water before freezing.

 

 

 

Making these borage-cubes always makes me happy and is a true indicator that summer has finally arrived. They are perfect in summer drinks like home-made lemonade, Pimms, or a good old Gin and Tonic (though the picture below shows sparkling water masquerading as a G&T, as I am on a course of anti-biotics at the moment so cannot indulge, boo!)

 

 

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