How to Grow Your Own Food in Small Spaces

Nothing beats the mouthwatering goodness of wholesome organic food, except of course, getting it for a fraction of the cost by growing your own. Aside from complete peace-of-mind knowing that every bite of your family’s meal is free from toxic pesticides and GMOs, growing your own edible garden at home can also cut your food expenses greatly.

Fortunately, with countless creative and innovative ideas being spurred and shared online, growing your own garden in a limited space or even indoors is now possible.

Whether you live in a house with a small backyard or in an apartment building with nothing but windows and a balcony to spare, now you can finally make your gardening dreams come true with these genius gardening hacks for small spaces:

Container Gardening

From recycled containers, old tin cans of coffee and biscuits, retired pots and pans, plant pots, to even tote bags – your options are endless. You can grow your favorite herbs and sprouts, or even use slightly bigger containers for little fruit trees and bushes like lemon and blueberries. Container gardening is perfect for city dwellers. Set up your collection of containers on your balcony orwherever there’s ample sunlight, and don’t forget to drill holes underneath them for water drainage.

 Gutter Gardening

Gutter gardening has been making the rounds online with people raving about how it’s such an amazing space saver. Create your own gutter garden by attaching horizontal rows of gutters on a wall. Plants that don’t require a deep space to grow – such as herbs, chilies, lettuce, and strawberries – are an excellent choice for this type of gardening.

gardening2Indoor Hydroponic Gardening

Don’t have much space outside but have quite a bit indoors? Hydroponics is the answer. Hydroponics is the process of growing plants using a soilless solution like a type of nutrient solution or growing medium. This can be anything from rock wool, grow rock, coco fiber, coco chips, perlite, vermiculite, floral foam, grow stone, river rock, composted pine bark, rice hulls, or sand. Apart from allowing you to put up your own garden indoors, it’s also a smart strategy to enjoy your fresh produce all-year round. For a more detailed guide on how to kickstart your own hydroponic garden at home, check out this article.

Windowsill Gardening

Select a windowsill in your apartment that gets the most exposure to sunshine and rainfall. The wider and deeper, the better. If your window is already fitted with a window box, that’s great. All you have to do is get some soil and start growing your plants. However, if you don’t have a window box, no worries as you can always build your own or put up an assortment of pots and containers with metal brackets. Make sure all your pots and plants are secured.

Sprouts are not only super easy to grow, but they’re super nutritious, too. A powerhouse of nutrition, sprouts can haveup to 30 times the nutrition of organic vegetables, and allow your body to absorb more vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and essential fats from the foods you eat.You can sprout a variety of beans, nuts, seeds, and grains andadd them generously to your soups and salads. 

The success of your DIY edible garden depends greatly on the quality of the soil you use. Ideally, you can prepare your own compost, which works like magic for almost any kind of gardening. However, if you don’t have the time or you’re simply not willing to go through the hassle, you can also buy ready-made compost from reputable organic gardening supplies shops.

Starting small is also a brilliant strategy. Try a couple of pots first, see which plants grow best on a specific season or gardening style, and then slowly work your way up. If you encounter occasional mishaps along the way, don’t lose hope.Instead keep yourself inspired with the idea that soon, you’ll be rewarded for all your hard work when harvest time comes.

Happy gardening!

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Arrianne Nellaine del Rosario, the author of this post,  is a writer for Dr. Mercola. She has written and transcribed many in-depth expert interviews in the past about nutrition and supplements, such as colloidal silver, probiotics, and sulfur. A passionate gardener herself, Arrianne is currently working on personal research on urban and small-space organic gardening.

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