Kitchen-Inspired Container Gardening for Small Spaces
You don’t have to have a green thumb to have a green patio. All you need are the right tools, info and a little creativity.
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Even if you live in an urban area or have a small balcony, you can still enjoy growing flowers, herbs and vegetables. The key is to make your space count! These days, you can find people making the most of their space by turning old pallets, barrels, grills, furniture, bird houses and baths and wooden fruit crates into planters. Not only do these alternative planters make use of recycled items, but they also add personality.
Tips for creative urban garden planning
1. This year, get creative by adding a pop of color to your small garden. Start in your kitchen, where you probably already have a plethora of colorful bowls, dishes and mugs filling your cabinets. You can turn any old dish into a planter. Plus, it makes perfect sense to plant fruits, herbs and vegetables in kitchenware. (Don’t forget to drill a little hole in the bottom for drainage. Choose a masonry bit for porcelain and stoneware dishes or a metal bit for metal dishes.)
2. Add a kick of eccentricity to your garden space by mixing materials, colors, shapes and textures. Nesting bowls, small measuring bowls or dessert bowls pair wonderfully on tables or lined up on shelves. Old cake stands make for cool planter stands, and colanders make great planters for moss-based plants like many orchids.
3. Add character by using old wooden spoons as planter labels. Additionally, old cutting boards can be turned into shelves and planter holders by simply adding a few sleeves, rods or hangers.
Pruning, feeding and fertilizing
1. As with any lawn or garden, your small space garden will need pruning and maintaining, too. Frequent pruning with tools like the Herb and Veggie Shears or Softtouch Micro-Tip Pruning Snip is key to maintaining a healthy garden space.
2. Use an old picnic basket to store and carry your tools. This makes it easy to carry from one planter to the next. Plus your basket doubles as part of your décor. When plants outgrow the small bowl, the Big Grip Trowel makes transplanting a breeze.
3. Another crucial task is watering and feeding. When using small planters, the soil will dry out more quickly and daily watering may become necessary. To test, simply place your finger in the soil. If it is damp about an inch down, the plant has enough water. If it feels dry, give it a little more water.
4. Frequent fertilizing can also be beneficial. Always mix in fertilizer before planting, and then add an organic fertilizer to the top of the soil every few weeks to ensure the plants are growing to their full potential.
5. For additional décor, add a chalkboard with a few notes on watering, feeding and harvesting your plants. Style it like a menu, and you will have a complete kitchen-inspired outdoor space.
You don’t have to have a large backyard to grow your own herbs and flowers. With the pops of the color in your fruits, blossoms and décor, you can turn any small space into a bright and vibrant urban garden.