One of the best parts of owning a home is planting your own vegetable garden. But here in Metro Atlanta, many of us don’t have the space for a garden or even lawn care services. If you live in an apartment or home without a yard, you may think that indoor plants are your only option. Luckily, you don’t need tons of space to grow fresh vegetables. You don’t even need a traditional garden. All you need is a little bit of space and some imagination. Whatever your situation is, we’ve put together a list of space-saving gardening ideas to help get your creative juices flowing.
Raised Garden Bed
Raised garden beds have been catching on in Metro Atlanta over recent years, not just for their ability to save on garden space, but their elevated design makes gardening a lot easier. Raised gardens have several advantages over traditional gardens.
- They are easier to weed
- Better water retention in areas that have sandy soil
- Better drainage in areas with clay soils
- More growing space for plants
- No soil compaction from foot traffic
- Easier to control pests
- Less soil erosion
- Customizable soil
Whether you are looking to get your kids involved in the joy of gardening or just want to let your creativity run wild, fairy gardens are a great way to save space, reduce stress levels, and let you express your inner child. Fairy gardens are simply miniature gardens that can be simple or complex in design. They can fit in small to medium-sized containers or be given a small area of your garden. It is a great way to educate your children on gardening basics and how to take care of plants.
Do you have an old dresser lying around that you aren’t using? Don’t throw it out. Repurpose it as a multi-tiered flower garden or a display for all your succulents. First, you have to make sure that the drawers are treated or lined with something to protect them from moisture. Then you will need to drill holes in the bottom of the drawers so water can drain. Finally, add potting soil to the drawers and start planting!
Fresh herbs can add zest to the most ordinary of meals, and there are no fresher herbs than those you can grow in your own home. There is also no comparison to the strong aroma and flavor of fresh herbs. Not only is it easy to establish and maintain your indoor herb garden, but it’s also an extremely satisfying way of exercising your green thumb year-round. Herb gardens are a great way to save space but still grow the herbs and spices you love. Herb planters can sit right in your kitchen window where it can get plenty of sunlight.
Reuse Old Gutters
Cleaning your gutters is an important chore in the spring, but if you have some old ones lying around, they make great planters. You can paint them and make them look totally different. Mount them on the sides of sheds or fences to add some interest to your hardscapes or hang them from a cable and make a cascading flower garden. When you get your creative juices going, the possibilities are endless.
Terra Cotta Tower
The answer to saving space in your Metro Atlanta garden is vertical gardening. That means instead of planting on the ground it means planting up. A simple and creative way to do this is to stack different-sized flower pots on top of each other. There are many designs for flower pot tower gardens, but the simplest is to fill each pot with dirt and stack one on top of the other. You could put a dowel rod through the middle of all three pots and sink it into the ground for added stability. Now all that is left is to add the flowers. Since there is limited planting space, we suggest planting small container annuals.
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