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Where There’s A Will, There’s A Way!

Awarding Credit to Paula Light who did so say yesterday this exact line on Part 1 of this particular series in the comment section, and for this post that title is excellent.

Small Perhaps But Mighty Fine Too! Part 1

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Part 2

A brief look

In yesterday’s episode we looked at the ability to grow and harvest a vegetable garden in a small space. You do not need to have acres and acres of ground to create a vegetable garden for your table. What you do need is a clear idea of what you want to grow, what space you do have and how best to utilise the space at your disposal.

This is easily done if you plan out your garden [whatever the size] and know exactly what demands and requirements you have for your own eating. It would be uneconomical to grow radish as an example if you didn’t like them and never ate them, when you could use that space more effectively for say spinach or whatever that you always eat. In other words you don’t grow what you don’t need.

So in part 1 we looked at –  The Whats  – some basic tips on small garden growing and ideal vegetables, flowers and herbs which were better suited to smaller growing areas. Today’s episode we are going to look briefly into The Hows – as in what you can use to make better and more efficient use of your smaller garden space.

Not everyone has large gardens, many only have pocket or postage areas, patios, a lawn strip, balcony gardens or just a small backyard area. Some only have concrete yards. But there is never any need to worry about such things, sometimes, the smaller the better as it is more directive to fitting in with your personal needs and everything always comes down to design. However for the post, l am only referring to growing your own product for your tables.

For our brief look post into The Hows, check the pointers below. We will go into some further detail in Part 3.

Depending upon your actual space there are many methods you can utilise to your advantage, it all comes down to planning – it is always planning and design of plan.

You’ll need to properly assess your space before you start spending out on your growing  ideas.

How much sun does your intended growing space enjoy daily?

Some plants need anywhere between 3 – 12 hours daylight sun – like Peppers.

How much shade is your intended gardening space seeing every day?

Some plants like Tomatoes as an example do not do well in shady areas, but salads and herbs do.

What are you planning to plant in?

There are four main growing spaces – balcony, backyard, windowsill or patch.

You might not just be restricted to one, you might have a couple, but the previous questions as in regarding sun and shade would become quite relevant here.

I have also known of roof gardens as well as walls being used.

Always remember this, whatever you choose to grow, in whatever vessel you decide upon, one of the main aspects to gardening is watering. The bigger the plant or the bigger the container, the more water you are going to need and use. If you are on a water metre like we are, you have to learn to really understand your water useage in comparison to water wastage.

So if you are able to rig up a water butt to store rainwater, this is one of  your priorities especially if you have a back garden. Not so specific to much smaller spaces, but the water consideration still needs to be accounted for.

Considerations must also be awarded to soils and composts but also weights. For those on balcony growing space, weight is best kept to a minimum. Of course depending the balcomy in question, but bigger planters, bigger plants and both in large pots as an example filled with water is a lot of weight.

In addition to watering – your soil and or compost is also a huge part to gardening because you will be planting into one or the other if not both or mixed. So ensuring that you have a richly nutrient filled medium is really important. This is the plant’s food source after all.

Soils can be hard to source for the smaller gardener although it can be bought in bags from most garden nursery centres and plant growers. Buying soil by the tonne is only truly viable if you are using the likes of raised beds and or many containers. So in the case of the smaller grower l would tend to look at using composts – notably chemical free and as organic as you can afford.

It does pay to shop around and perform some price comparisons to pick up the best bargains.

Perhaps you know someone who produces their own compost. I cannot speak with authority outside of the UK. But l do know that here unless the composter is licenced by DEFRA they cannot sell you home grown/created compost, but they can request a donation … sometimes by simply visiting allotments you can pick up some wonderful tips from gardeners there as well as valuable contacts with regards the likes of both compost and soils.

There is a huge variety of planters available to gardeners today and also there is a creative beauty as many plants can be grown in a host of different vessels, so one is never restricted to only thinking conventionally.

Planter Patio Bags

Grow Bags

Reservoir Planters

Raised Beds

Containers and Pots

Basically anything that can hold soil can hold a growing plant, just make sure that any  unusual containers you may use have not held anything chemical orientated as this could do both you and the plant harm. So always ensure everything is cleaned out thoroughly or adopt a very simple but straight forward rule ‘If in doubt, throw out!’

I have seen gardeners make good use of old buckets, kettles, watering cans, galvanised bath tubs, Boston sinks, tyres really a whole host of things. With a creative and imaginative mind, anything is possible. All you have to ensure is that you ensure your container has ample drainage holes.

One thought on “Where There’s A Will, There’s A Way!

  1. Excellent! Washington State here is now allowing human composting, which freaks some people out because they like to forget we’re part of the cycle too. What DO they think happens in the box?

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