Turn your space into an organic garden
You might think you need a big place in the country – and some seriously green thumbs – to set up an organic garden. But people who lives in apartments and are newer to gardening can also set up a garden like this. It just takes some good planning and the right equipment to start growing healthy produce at home.
Try these tips to get started at your place:
Ready your toolbox and get upcycling:
Experienced gardeners have what they need already – like good soil freshly dug, pots, fertiliser like compost, and implements. As well as buying these things, you can make good use of things around your home like wooden pallets, containers, bottles, packaging, ceramics or even old kids’ paddling pools.
From the ground up:
As mentioned, quality soil is really important. Before you dig out your garden, test the pH level of your soil and use the results to decide what you’re going to plant and the fertiliser you might need to add. Most hardware and gardening stores will have these test kits.
Starting a compost is great because it helps make your soil really fertile – some things you can add to a compost patch or indoor container are food scraps, plant leaves and coffee grounds. If you don’t have space for a large compost patch, try a bokashi bin. This method involves combining food scraps with ‘compost zing – sawdust that contains effective micro-organisms – in a sealed container to ferment is. That can then be added to garden soil and the juice that drains off can also be used with water as a fertiliser.
Plan for your place:
Small spaces can work really well to house a garden – you can plant in pots or containers on a balcony, in smaller raised beds, or in hanging planters. Trellises are a good way to make use of walls, too, or you can hang containers on hooks. Smaller planter boxes can be placed on the window sill, if you’re growing herbs, for example.
Decide what to plant:
There are so many things you can grow at home, like edibles, flowers, herbs, fruits and vegetables, and many of these fit in small spaces. When you’re deciding which plants to buy, consider your local climate and how long you want the plants to last. Companion planting is another way to make the most of the space you have, and to help control garden pests without using sprays that could leave harmful residues.
These are just a few of the things you might think about if you want to start an organic garden in a small space. If you have other tips or ideas, do leave a comment below!