In the last of our blog series about gardening this spring, DIY Tax talks about how to start your money-saving, budget-friendly garden--no matter what size your living space is.
If space is a challenge for your gardening hobby, consider bringing your gloves and soil away from the sun and starting an indoor garden. Indoor gardening is ideal for renters, apartment dwellers, duplex daisies, studio sleepers and anyone else that lives in a small living space.
Believe it or not, you can grow sunflowers, tomatoes, beans, cucumbers, peas, flowers, berries, and almost anything you can think of at an affordable price. With a little creativity, you can turn your kitchen window or loft bench into a garden.
The best way to get the most out of your limited garden space is to think upward. You can utilize your wall space to go vertical with plants like tomatoes, green beans, cucumbers, and peas by simply mounting decorative lattice work on your wall. Many indoor trellises can double as artwork too. Wire trellises can also be purchased inexpensively, anywhere from a $1.00 to 5.00. You can stand a wooden pallet upright and let your plants climb away.
Choose the Right Container
As stated in the second part of our gardening series, virtually any small, common fruit-yielding plant can be grown in any type of container. This means you can get as creative as you want to when it comes to choosing how you wish to display your plants.
Six Ways to Grow Plants in Containers:
- Use plastic storage containers and display them neatly in rows of shelves. Pick up one of the kids toy organizers from the thrift store to plant herbs or small flowering plants like pansies, verbena, and impatiens.
- Use an over-the-door shoe organizer for herbs or flowers.
- Hang empty water bottles on a horizontal curtain or PVC rod.
- Fill up mason jars with soil and arrange them on your wall.
- Turn a PVC wine holder into a plant wall.
- Turn an old mail sorter into herb boxes.
Plant Crops That Grow Together
Companion gardening can help you maximize your space, add variety to your food crop yield, and mutually benefit the other species of plants in your garden. To understand companion planting, you must know which plant families can be harmonious to each other.
The following table is a basic partial list for companion gardening (based on what has been successful in my garden!):
|Vegetable||Companion Plant||Avoid Planting With:|
|Beans||Celery, corn, cucumbers, radish, strawberries||Garlic and onion|
|Beets||Bush beans, leafy greens like cabbage, broccoli, kale, and lettuce, onions, or garlic||Pole beans|
|Cabbage||Beets, celery, dill, Swiss chard, lettuce, spinach, or onions||Pole beans|
|Carrots||Beans or tomatoes||None|
|Celery||Beans, tomatoes, or cabbage||None|
|Cucumber||Beans, peas, or cabbage||None|
|Eggplant||Bean or peppers||None|
|Onions||Beets, carrots, Swiss chard, lettuce, or bell peppers||All beans and peas|
|Peas||Beans, carrots, cucumbers, radish, or turnips||Garlic, onions|
|Tomatoes||Carrots, celery, cucumbers, onions, or peppers||Corn, potatoes, kohlrabi|
Marigolds and herbs tend to repel insects and are great companion plants for several hardy species like tomatoes.
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