Whose eyes don’t feast on a stunning array of colorful flowers?
Who doesn’t love the fragrance and flavors of the many plants that can be grown on balconies, decks and in other small spaces?
Growing veggies, herbs and flowers in the spaces we live in lifts our spirits. And, I guarantee you will be surprised how much you can grow in containers in very small spaces.
Many of us don’t have the time, space, or energy to keep an in-ground garden but container gardening in small spaces is a rewarding hobby that’s available to all of us. Anything you can raise in the ground, you can raise in a container and the variety of recycled containers you can put to good use by growing crops in pots is boundless.
“All through the long winter, I dream of my garden. On the first day of spring, I dig my fingers deep into the soft earth. I can feel its energy, and my spirits soar.” — Helen Hayes
A container project might begin with a visit to a friend’s container garden or a trip to a garden center. It may begin with a visit to a library or looking up gardening sites on the internet.
In my case I had a friend who lived in an apartment with a balcony no bigger than my bathroom. On it she grew an amazing amount of food and flowers in a wide variety of upright and hanging containers. She inspired me and many others to take up container gardening when arthritis and fibromyalgia prevented us from continuing with ground gardening. Every year at this time I give thanks for her encouragement as I enjoy my daily deck gardening time.
“I discovered I could grow abundant crops and companion plant them with flowers in window boxes, hanging baskets, and recycled containers of all shapes and sizes. What’s more about container gardening is I can move and rearrange my container plants at will, snuggling the smaller ones into awkward spots and providing them with the conditions they need to prosper exactly when they need them.” – I Love Container Gardening
You can grow any type of vegetables, herbs, flowers and shrubs in containers you may even find in your trash. You can grow your container garden in tubs, garbage cans, in 2 gallon or even 5 gallon buckets, paint cans, in large pop bottles, or in rubber boots.
This year I’m using some old pickle crocks, cookie jars, enameled metal jugs and teapots in my beloved container garden.
Do You Grow Your Greens? What are you tossing out that could be re-purposed for gardening use? If your trash doesn’t yield enough containers If you still need more containers you don’t have to purchase them. Try some looking at some garage sales, charity shops, and second hand stores close to where you live, or check out your local recycling center. Those are places where I have found metal, clay and ceramic containers as well as Rubbermaid containers and Coleman coolers to use in my container garden.
Let you imagination run wild as your look for containers that can be used either upright or as hanging baskets and vertical planters. One of my friends found hip waders and used them to create a spectacular hanging garden on her small sundeck. Another friend found a wooden coat tree and hung old colanders and birdcages filled with flowers from it. It’s stunning and has grown to become a conversation piece.
Growing veggies, herbs and flowers in the spaces we live in lifts our spirits. And, I guarantee you will be surprised how much you can grow in containers in very small spaces. By companion planting you attract beneficial insects, and you repel pest insects and disease. The result will be flavorful herbs and vegetables and fabulous flowers you produced for a just few pennies and very few hours of your time.
Here are a dozen ideas:
12 Unusual and Upcycled Container Gardens (Slideshow)