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Making Use of Small Spaces: Container Gardening

There are lots of amazing things about living in the city, but having easy access to your own green space isn't always one of them!

But that doesn't mean that you can't grow your own herbs and veggies. It's all about being inventive with the space you have. We've come up with some ways to help you make the most of your space, so that you can enjoy your own home grown goodies.

The first thing to consider how much sunlight your growing area will receive. Different plants have different sunlight needs; make sure you pick plants that will thrive in the environment you have.

To get you started there is a list of some plants sunlight needs below.

Next you need to consider the space you have available. If you are growing in shallow containers, it is best to pick plants that are non-root vegetables (plants that do not grow into the soil) — as they may not have enough space to grow deeply.

Herbs are a great option when space is limited, as they can still thrive in small areas, are plentiful and make a great addition to all home cooked meals!

Milk crates are a resourceful way to make use of space, as they are compact and easy to come by. They are a good size for plants that may need a little bit more space and can still fit comfortably on a narrow Juliette balcony.

It is also important to consider water access. If you have no easy way to supply water to your plants, it may be hard to keep them thriving in the hot summer months.

As with all gardening, soil is one of the most important components of a successful yield. A mix of 50% compost and 50% top soil works well. You want to make sure your soil is not compacted and that your containers have the ability to drain excess moisture to ensure the plants don't get waterlogged.

Most importantly be creative and don't be afraid to try your hand at gardening, even if your space is small! It may take a couple tries, but figuring out what works best with the space you have is a fun way to get to know all about how plants grow and nothing tastes better than your own veggies!


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