Gardening in a small space? No problem!

     If you’re anything like me, then you’re probably frustrated that you don’t have a giant back or front yard to grow all the herbs and vegetables you could possibly want. Don’t fret any longer! I’ve gathered some tips on gardening in small spaces- it turns out you can do a lot with a small space!

    Interested in growing a few herbs but don’t have a lot of time to care for plants? Check out the Aquafarm and Mushroom Kit, both from a company called Back to the Roots.


     Aquafarm: This self cleaning fish tank that can grow food is a really cool idea. The fish feeds the plants and the plants clean the water, what could be better? I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about this product, and after looking at some reviews online, it seems to be either a hit or miss with people. If you want to try it out, it can be a great way to grow some food indoors (herbs might be best) and get yourself a new little betta fish. You can find it for $59 here. 

     Mushroom Kit: This is a mushroom kit that allows you to grow oyster mushrooms in the box it comes in. All you have to do is mist the mushrooms, which seems easy enough (they even include the mister). Like the Aquafarm, this product seems to have pretty mixed reviews as well. But if you’re willing to take a chance, the product can be found here for $19.

     Now if you want to do more serious gardening, try raised, vertical, or hanging beds.

     Raised beds: If you have a patio or balcony, you should consider getting a raised planting bed. Depending on how much space you have, you could grow a few different edible plants! My balcony doesn’t get a whole lot of sun, so I found this list of plants that grow well in the shade particularly helpful. The list includes beans, beets, broccoli (easily my favorite vegetable), garlic, mint, parsley, and swiss chard.
     Here are some tips on building a 4 sq. foot raised planter, how to choose what to grow, and how to get your seeds started.

      Vertical and hanging planters: Vertical planters or hanging planters are also an excellent option. Some plants grow better than others in these types of beds.

     Here is a way to build your own hanging planters from gutter pipes. It looks a bit time consuming, but it could be a worthwhile spring break project! They suggest growing annual flowers, chard, lettuce, arugula, spinach, and a bunch of other edibles.

     I’ve also seen over-the-door shoe organizers fashioned into vertical planters. This is a great idea if you want more easy-to-hang growing space. You can find detailed instructions here.


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