Having fresh fruit and vegetables is one of the best parts of summertime. While most gardens require a fair amount of space, you do have some growing options if your outdoor area is limited. Here are a few fun and easy ideas to get your garden produce growing this summer:
Whether you a new gardener or have limited space at your disposal, container gardening is always a great, simple first step. There are a variety of plants that can be successfully grown in containers with very little effort. Your containers can be anything from flowerpots to free plastic buckets. However, make sure to keep in mind that the containers will need drainage holes so that water can flow freely.
Tomatoes are very easy to grow in containers. The key is to water them often, and put them in direct sunlight for most of the day. These plants do not do well indoors as they need a lot of sunlight and grow to be fairly large. Other vegetables that are good candidates for containers are potatoes, squash and cucumbers. Keep in mind that many of these plants will need rather sizable containers if you plan to grow more than one plant in a planter. Also, remember that many of these plants will need to be staked so that they can remain upright. You can get inexpensive pieces of bamboo for this, so there is no need to purchase tomato cages.
Hanging Planter Gardening
Similar to container gardening, you can also plant some types of produce in hanging planters. Tomatoes are especially great for hanging planters. In fact, you can purchase special upside down hanging planters for tomatoes. However, those are not necessary. You can also plant herbs in hanging planters. They will get nice and full, oftentimes looking like a pretty decorative plant that you placed strategically in your landscape.
You can also grow smaller plants in a window of your home. This is the perfect place to grow herbs since they have a rather small footprint if they are in a small container. You can also grow strawberry plants in windows, too. In fact, you can plant just about anything that does not need to spread out or vine.
Rethink Your Landscaping
If you have a small yard with a lot of shrubbery and other landscaping, why not use that space for food instead? You can replace many of your shrubs with berry bushes, for instance. They look just as nice as most shrubs, but they will also provide you with delicious berries in the spring and summer. You can also plant small dwarf varieties of different fruit trees, such as lemon. If you have a fence, plant some tomatoes or cucumbers alongside it so that they can grow up the fence. Another cute landscaping idea is to plant sweet potatoes along the side of your house. They look like pretty, green ground covering, but also provide delicious produce.
As you can see, there are plenty of ways to get homegrown veggies and fruit in your kitchen this summer, even if you have very little space. If you are looking for more frugal kitchen and cooking tips, be sure to visit the SideMoney blog for more information. You can also sign up for SideMoney to earn points for some great rewards you can use to add to your kitchen and gardening repertoire!