Do you think you don’t have enough space to garden? You’d be quite surprised. Even those living in an apartment with a tiny patch of grass to call their own can grow a good amount of vegetables for their family. Whether you rethink how you grow or really consider the needs of your family, the following are excellent tips for gardening in a small space with kids.
Starting a garden with your children is also the perfect way to get over the Winter blues. I can’t tell you how much happier my whole family is when we can get outside! Gardening in small spaces even gives us a chance to get outside and enjoy the sunshine and warmth that our vegetables and fruits do too!
1. Consider Your Family’s Needs When you don’t have a lot of room to work with, you want to stick with fruits and vegetables your family will actually eat. This is also super important when you’re getting your kids involved as they’ll be more excited to help if you’re planting foods they like. Now’s not the time to be adventurous. Stick with produce that can be used in a variety of dishes. For example, tomatoes, onions, bell peppers, and lettuces can be used in so many different dishes. It’s important to opt for the fruits and vegetables your family eats most often and will grow well in your region. Of course, if you have a little extra space, let your child pick a seed type or two so they feel more involved!
2. Use Raised Garden Beds and Tiered Planters Is your backyard nothing but patio? No problem! A raised garden bed or tiered planter will allow you to make use of the area. Raised garden beds can be purchased rather inexpensively and with a bit of gardening plastic and good quality potting mix you can turn any area into a garden. You can even DIY your own if you like to build. Tiered planters allow you to make the most of a sunny corner of the yard and allow you to grow a variety of tasty produce in a very small area.
One of my favorite ways to grow spinach and different types of lettuce are in flower pots on the patio. Not only do they take up a small amount of space, but they’re kept close making it easier to harvest your lettuce for salads regularly.
3. Choose Plants That Create Quantity in a Small Space If you don’t have a lot of room to work with you want to make sure you’re choosing produce that has a high-yield. Examples include lettuce, carrots, onions, and vertically growing plants such as peppers and tomatoes. The more you can get from a plant, the better. In some cases, like with tomatoes, you may grow so many that you need to can the produce for later use.
One of my favorite ways to grow plants in our garden is by using Miracle-Gro Gro-ables. Gro-ables contain a seed placed at exactly the right depth inside a biodegradable seed pod, that provides just the right growing environment for your seed, and eventually your herb or vegetable plant to thrive! One of my biggest issues with planting seeds is always the depth and how many seeds go where… that’s why I love the concept of Gro-ables! They take the guesswork out of gardening and make gardening in small spaces with kids even easier.
Growing with Miracle-Gro Gro-ables is so incredibly simple too! Everything you need to grow a fruit, herb, or vegetable can be found in this seed pod. All you need to do is add the pod to the container of your choice, water regularly and watch as the seeds grow into a beautiful, delicious vegetable or fruit!
4. Grow Up with Vertical Gardening Vertical garden is a genius idea for those that have zero space to work with. You can easily convert a wooden pallet or hanging shoe organizer into a planter for herbs and smaller plants. Depending on how creative you are, you can also create small garden beds on a stand so that you can grow larger plants. You can even use hanging baskets to grown tomatoes and strawberries.
5. Take the Garden Indoors Last, but not least, put your windows to good use. You can grow a wonderful herb garden in your kitchen window. Everything from chives to dill to parsley can be grown in a small window garden. You’ll have an abundance of herbs to add wonderful flavor to your meals and you’ll save a fortune over buying fresh herbs at the grocery store.
This year, my daughter and I planted herbs from our Gro-ables right into mason jars. Not only will they be right in the kitchen at an arm’s length for when I need a sprig of Parsely or Basil, but they’ll be beautiful blooming in our kitchen window! If you’re looking for even more garden projects, be sure to visit the Gro-ables Project.
Don’t let your small space limit you. There are so many great ways to grow the fruits and vegetables your family needs in a small space. If you really want to garden, think outside the box and don’t be afraid to give up a little patio and yard space for something much, much better than grass! By involving your children in your gardening efforts, you’ll be instilling in them a love for growing their own food and encouraging them to try new foods.