If you live in a town house or apartment, it can be inspiring and fun to design a space for a home vegetable garden. With limited space for growing crops, use containers and vertical planting ideas in order to create a unique and versatile garden.
Town house gardens and balconies can seem to be small compact spaces. But this makes them perfect for creating a remarkable garden on a budget. Growing your favourite fruit, vegetables, herbs and flowers in simple pots and hanging baskets will be the start of building your own Garden of Eden.
Using a mix of containers of various shapes, sizes, colours and textures will provide a visually impressive display. Simultaneously your container garden will provide you with lots of fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs to pick with ease and add to your meals.
When creating a container garden, it is important to remember that the roots of the plants need enough space to develop. Ensure that your pots are deep and wide enough. Generally, 10-15 inches deep and wide should be enough room for most vegetables grow.
Home Vegetable Garden Plants That Are Easy to Grow
- Spring onions
- Green beans
Green beans and squash will need a support to grow up along which will add height and structure to your garden. Tomatoes, Squash and cucumbers look very effective grown on a balcony due to their vine climbing nature.
Window Box Garden
If you live in an apartment without a garden or even a small balcony, you can still grow your own. All you need to grow a window box garden is a good window box to hang outside the window. You can also add hanging baskets, which are ideal for tomato plants and place a table inside the window to add some pots for plants which require less room to grow such as herbs.
Plants like lettuce, rocket, spring onions and spinach don`t need a deep pot to grow in and are perfect for a window box garden. Herbs such as parsley, chives, oregano and basil will thrive quite happy in smaller pots on a window ledge. If you want to grow mint or coriander/cilantro they will need their own deeper pot as they require a deeper root system.
What to Grow in a Window Box Garden
- Spring onions
Vertical gardens are the perfect way to grow plants in homes with limited spaces. All you need is a blank wall or fence then you can grow the same amount of vegetables as you would in a raised bed. With a living wall pocket planter, you can grow vegetables, fresh herbs, fruit and even annuals and perennials to attract butterflies and bees into your garden.
Living walls can be placed indoors or outdoors. Any area which has a sturdy support structure and a good amount of sunlight. They are easy to maintain, filter the air to improve air quality and provide you with fresh produce. Planting in a pocket vertical wall creates a stunning wall of living art.
Plants to Grow in a Vertical Garden
- Annuals and perennials
Pocket vertical wall pots are versatile and easy to maintain. Watering plants can be done using irrigation or regular misting. Harvesting is more convenient being in a vertical position. There are many choices of edible plants to enjoy growing and the living wall will look impressive when vegetables are mixed with ferns, pretty perennials and edible flowers like marigolds.
These days more and more people are using their gardens to once again cultivate their own food. The benefits are that it is organically grown with no pesticides used. It really does taste better picked fresh from the plant and there is just something so satisfying about growing your own food and sharing your yields with friends and family.