Small Space Gardening

gardening in a small apartmentYou don’t have to wait until you live in a house to have the garden you have always dreamed of. It is so easy to turn your patio or balcony into a mini outdoor room that extends your living space, allowing you to indulge in some small space gardening.

But before you get started, you will want to create a plan. I’m all about winging it, but planning is really important in small space gardening, especially if you are adding furniture. Look at design sites, Pinterest, and gardening magazines. Channel your inner Martha.

You always want to start with your big purchases first. This includes things like furniture and rugs. You want to have room to sit and enjoy all your hard work, right? From there, you can add all the softscaping, e.g., flowers and shrubs. This is where the details become important, so here are a few tips I have picked up over the years.

Troll Craigslist. This is my first stop for anything I am about to purchase. The deals you can find are insane! During this time of year, people are buying fancy new patio sets and selling their slightly used sets for pennies.

Pay attention to your lighting. Observe the light your patio gets and research what plants will grow best in your space. I can’t tell you how many plants I have burned up because the sun was too intense. Don’t be afraid to ask questions at your garden store.

Layer your plants. When you have a small space, it is important to go vertical. Find a shelving unit, stands, or a small piece of furniture that gives you the ability to layer plants. I also like to layer the types of plants by mixing herbs with flowers and shrubs. It creates more depth.

Find a focal point. It is really easy for small spaces to look cluttered quickly, so find something that attracts the eye and let that be your focal point. This can be a distinctive plant, small tree, or even a chair that is calling your name.

Mint and rosemary. These two guys are super easy to grow, and they smell divine! The best part is that they are edible. Won’t you feel fancy when you make cocktails with your own homegrown herbs?

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