You’re probably sitting there thinking it’s impossible, expensive or time consuming to grow your own food. Maybe you don’t have a big yard or space for a garden, but believe it or not you can actually grow organic food in small spaces. Don’t be intimidated, growing healthy food can be easy, fun and delicious! Follow these 4 Steps to Grow Organic Food in Small Spaces.
Growing Food in Small Spaces
You don’t need tons of free space to grow organic food. Even if you live in an apartment or have a small yard, it’s possible to grow edible, delicious and healthy food! It not only saves you money, but it’s also a great way to ensure you’re eating a proper diet. The best part? If you have kids and they help you grow a garden, they’re more likely to eat healthy too. How AWESOME is that? 😉
4 Steps to Grow Organic Food in Small Spaces
If you follow these 4 simple steps, you’ll be growing a nutritious garden in no time.
1. Find a Good Location with Plenty of Natural Sunlight
Scout out your yard or balcony to find a good location that gets plenty of natural sunlight. You don’t even need a plot of land! Just be sure your plants will have access to shine in the sun. You can grow your veggies in pots and planters. This allows you to have control over the soil and move the plants, if necessary.
2. Clean and Prep the Area
Once you choose a sunny location, it’s time for a little cleaning and prep work. Grab a trash can and get to work! Simply clear any unnecessary items in the area. Spend a few minutes deciding exactly how and where you’ll place your plants and make space for them. Then, get ready to grow!
3. Consider Your Growing Method
Once your area is clean and organized, consider how you want to grow. You can try vertical gardening, square foot gardening or container gardening. Vertical gardening allows you to have plenty of fresh produce in a very small space. It allows you to have a “green wall” full of edible plants. If you choose this method, you’ll need a special container and/or a trellis. Making your own containers from plastic bottles is also an option.
For the square foot gardening, you’ll have to divide the free space into 16 squares and plant different seeds in them. This method is great for beginners, but you must make sure you have enough free space. It also helps to use a raised garden bed in these scenarios.
Container gardening is an easy way to have control over your plants. If you’re growing a large or viney plant, like tomatoes, you may need to add a trellis to the pots or containers. You also need to be sure your plants get plenty of water. Good pots tend to drain well and during the hot summer months plants in pots can dry out quickly. Be sure to check the soil moisture every couple days and water when it feels dry.
4. Buy Your Seeds or Plants
When you finish with the preparations and the planning, it’s time to buy everything you need to get your garden growing. You also need to consider what tools and special containers you may need. Make a list and head to your local garden store. Making a list will save your a lot of time and a second trip to the store! 🙂
Growing your own organic food is really rewarding AND DELICIOUS! You don’t need much space and it will save you money in the long run. Take your time choosing the proper location, preparing the location and deciding which method you’ll use to grow. Then enjoy the “fruit” of your labor with healthy, organic food.
This topic is contributed by CallCleaners Balham. Editing and final touches by Nicole Sanford.
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