Whether it’s a huge backyard with multiple veggie plots and flowers, or a small pot on a windowsill, gardening can be an incredibly fulfilling activity. Plants can be grown to brighten up a space, to provide shade and shelter, or to add more flavour to a meal!
Right now, many of us are looking to fill our new free time with productive hobbies, and one such hobby to consider is gardening. Gardening isn't limited to a huge backyard, there are lots of ways to try your hand at growing food in smaller spaces.
Maybe you’ve been looking out at the space on your balcony or windowsill and thinking ‘I reckon I could grow something there’. We’re here to help by showing you just how simple it can be to get started with gardening in small spaces!
How much space is needed?
That’s entirely up to you, the space you have available, and your growing goals. If you have a townhouse or larger apartment, and have a bit of space to grow plants outside, then you could look at getting a raised planter and/or pots for your garden, or possibly even growing some plants directly in the ground. If you live in an apartment without a balcony or outdoor space, then you might consider a small pot or two placed on a windowsill or near a sunny window. We have a range of different windowsill grow kits available to simplify the process even further. These include our Micro Herbs Windowsill Growing Kit, which includes basil, chives, and parsley seeds, and the Microgreens Windowsill Growing Kit, which includes rocket, red cabbage, and radish seeds. Both of these products come with a gorgeous porcelain windowsill box, bamboo lid and drip tray.
A handy tip - if you don't have space to grow out - grow up! Think vertical gardens, climbing vines, utilising a wall or trellis, hanging pots, shelving - there are so many ways to add some extra growing space to your small area.
What to grow?
There are many different options to choose from when it comes to choosing plants to grow in a small space. If you’re somebody who is very new to gardening, a succulent can be a good place to start as most require little water to survive, and are very hardy. Another good choice for beginners is herbs and easy veggies. These include basil, parsley, thyme, chives, chillies, kale or lettuce. These plants tend to take up little space (they can all be grow in pots), while having the added bonus of being edible! We sell these plant seeds individually, and can also provide sets, such as the Leafy Greens Seed Kit, which features silverbeet, spinach, lettuce, rocket, and kale seeds, along with planting instructions, biodegradable propagating pots, and reusable plant labels.
When choosing any plant to grow, make sure to read the instructions on how much space/sun and water they need. It's also important to give your plants the best start by using a good quality potting mix, and remembering to give them a feed with fertilizer now and again. If you already have a home compost, wait until it's broken down nicely, then mix it in with your potting mix when planting to give an added boost to your plants.
If you’re looking to find out more information on growing plants, there are many great resources on the web available, from planting and care descriptions through to video tutorials. Throw Some Seeds also has a range of books and resources available to help you on your journey of growing plants in a smaller space. These include House of Plants by Rose Ray & Caro Langton, Indoor Green: Living with Plants by Mr Kitley’s Bree Claffey, The Edible Balcony by Indira Naidoo, and the Little Veggie Patch Co How to Cards on Planting, Growing & Harvesting.
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“There are no gardening mistakes, only experiments”. – Janet Kilburn Phillips.