Small or apartment gardening options
Going from a large garden to the space available in a smaller house or apartment can be a difficult adjustment. In order to make this transition as easy as possible, it is important to consider the different options available and find the one that suits your desired garden.
At a certain point in life, maintaining an entire home, yard and gardens can become too much to handle. Downsizing, while necessary and helpful, can significantly reduce the space available for gardening. If someone enjoys gardening, helping plants grow, and reaping the rewards of their efforts, this impact can hit quite hard. Fortunately, there are a number of options available for gardening even in a smaller house or apartment.
Balcony gardens are a wonderful option for anyone in an apartment with a balcony, but there are many factors to consider before starting such a garden. First of all, the restrictions of the building, as well as the comfort of the neighbors must be taken into account. Not all apartment buildings allow balcony gardens, as growing plants may attract birds and pests. It is also best to ensure that a balcony garden does not disturb other tenants, especially those under the garden during watering times.
If a balcony garden proves to be a viable option, plant planning comes into play. Not all balconies are the same size or face the same direction. When choosing plants to grow, it is important to consider the amount of sunlight that hits the balcony, as well as the amount of space available. With careful planning, plants that will thrive in the specific conditions of each balcony can be chosen.
If an allotment garden is not an option, community gardens are available in many cities. These gardens bring members of a community together as they work to cultivate a variety of edible plants and herbs that can be enjoyed by every member of the group. Most community gardens allow members to rent a plot, grow their own plants and reap the benefits.
Although each garden is organized and managed differently, they all provide an opportunity for those with a green thumb to dig in the dirt and have some gardening fun. With the aim of providing the community with fresh and accessible products, these gardens allow everyone to access them at a relatively low price. This makes a community garden not only a place to enjoy gardening and build community bonds, but also to save money while enjoying fresh, local produce.
Although much smaller than other options, window gardens allow those short on space to maintain their gardening habits. Small hanging boxes or even window sill collections make it easier to maintain and grow certain plants, even in limited space.
As these gardens are often small, it is important to choose plants that do not require a lot of root space, as small planters may not have room for them. Otherwise, the same restrictions that apply to balcony gardens, regarding plants and building regulations, must also be taken into account.
Gardening is an enjoyable and relaxing hobby that should not be given up as the available space has shrunk. By taking the time to consider all available options and planning an allocated space, a scaled down garden can be just as enjoyable as the full size original.