Join the fight against climate change by planting a tree. If a tree is too huge, what about a garden?
Growing your own produce at home has seen a surge in popularity in the last decade as it encompasses three huge trends: eating clean, saving money, and knowing exactly where your food comes from.
Whether you’re in love with the premise of homegrown organic vegetables or are simply looking to reduce your shopping bill, this list of vegetable garden ideas will have you reaching for your trowel.
Raised beds are a sleek looking way to have your vegetable garden presented in your backyard. It looks clean and landscaped, while also being functional; you could grow different types of vegetables in each planter. This method of separating your vegetables in different planters will help you focus different types of plant food on specific types of vegetables to help them get the nutrients they need and improve their growth.
Yard Sales Pots:
Pots and planters are ideal vehicles for growing vegetables, and you can use the containers that you probably already have lurking around your garage or garden shed. You could also pick up a selection of various pots. Growing your own food doesn’t need to be expensive; you can have fun sourcing containers from markets or friends and family, and then, find more enjoyment in planting your vegetables and watching them flourish in your inexpensive mismatched pot collection.
Vegetable gardens, though beneficial in many ways, are often considered to be quite unattractive and messy, and therefore are generally not present in yards that are immaculately kept. Providing the vegetable patches are well-maintained, you can still achieve a polished look. Using an edging tool around the vegetable beds will create a defined look, adding to the pristine effect. Grouping similar vegetable types together will also prevent the beds from looking disorderly.
Divide and Conquer:
A large bed with a divider would work well for people who have a small to medium-sized lawn, or for people who want to keep their vegetable garden fairly compact while still growing a variety of vegetables. The divider is a simple and inexpensive solution for keeping varieties of vegetables separate. These dividers can be purchased from hardware stores, still, they could also be easily replicated at home with a few pieces of timber. Set the planks out in a grid shape, secure them together either with glue, screws, tack nails, or garden string.
Growing vegetables in hanging planters is an excellent space-saving solution and could be done with just a few planters. Utilizing hanging planters means you can keep different types of vegetables separate. It will also make life easier for you if different vegetables require different treatments in terms of the frequency and amount of watering they need. Planters are best hung from metal frames for strength and stability as they can become quite heavy when filled.
Hanging baskets are actually a great receptacle for growing produce, particularly herbs that don’t require as much growing room as vegetables. You could hang baskets in your backyard or on your balcony, growing herbs to complement the vegetables you have growing elsewhere.
If you’re not particularly interested in the look and feel of your vegetable garden, then grow bags are the perfect low-cost medium for you to consider. They can be washed out and re-used after each season, providing a long-term solution for your vegetable growing needs. They are popular among experienced gardeners because they don’t dry out at the bottom like some pots do, retaining more moisture and nutrients for better plant growth.
So, there is no excuse for not having a garden. No matter how little.
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