A lot of people in urban areas or in places where yards are small or even nonexistent may think that having a garden is a luxury for those who have a lot of land.
While it’s true that people with a lot of extra space have a huge advantage when it comes to gardening, it is possible to create a garden in small or cramped spaces. All you have to do is think outside of the box.
Sure, you may not have a lot of land space, but the ground isn’t the only space you have. What about your walls? There are a number of people who have created some surprisingly attractive and functional gardens by using their walls as their growing area. Granted, there are some disadvantages to this method, particularly in that you’re going to get the best results if you plant in areas that have access to direct sunlight.
Still, it’s likely that you do have at least one wall that faces the sun during part of the day, so why not use it? You can use that space to plant fruits, vegetables or flowers, depending on your interests and your needs.
There are a number of companies that have created dedicated products designed exclusively for planting on walls, and that makes it easy. Just plant, hang, and you’re ready to go.
Others have gotten creative, and this photo of a wall garden in Brazil will show you. Instead of a complicated and expensive system, this garden simply consists of a number of plastic soda bottles that have been strung along a wall. The bottles are inexpensive as well as transparent, which allows a bit more sun to shine through. In addition, they don’t weigh a lot, though obviously, soil and water will add some weight.
It’s also possible to use your ceiling as a growing space. You can hang plants from hooks on the ceiling in areas with sun exposure. There are a number of hanging plant devices available on the market, or if you’re the creative sort, you can make them yourself using macrame or another similar technique.
Wall gardens aren’t going to be suitable for trees or bushes, but they’re great for growing an herb garden or perhaps some tomato plants. You likely won’t be able to produce your entire meal or even a full salad from your garden, but you might be able to produce the basil or even tomatoes for that salad on your own.
You’re definitely at a disadvantage if you don’t have a large yard and you want to have a garden to produce vegetables, fruits or herbs. That’s a given. Having less space than your friends or neighbors, however, doesn’t mean that you have no space at all. What you need to do is take a look at the space that is available to you and try to see how you can make it work well to suit your needs.
After all, you’re the one who will benefit from it. If you have some wall space, or a bit of ceiling space on your porch, patio or balcony, you’ve likely got all the room you need to create a lovely and productive garden.