If you are anything like me, you probably love the smell of fresh flowers in the Spring and Summer months. For years I lived in an apartment with no yard, so I had to just grow flowers in some planter boxes at the top of my landing. When we moved to our townhome, I thought I would finally be able to have a real garden. Sadly, the front of our home is totally overgrown with tree roots and a couple of ugly bushes that the landlord will not allow us to remove.
Not only did we not have a way to grow a healthy garden in the front yard because of limited space and the root issue, we had no back yard. All we had was a fenced in patio. The thing is…between our patio slab and the fence was a space about two feet deep and 20 feet long. I wanted a garden so bad that I really had to use my imagination. Not only did I want flowers, but I wanted to grow some vegetables as well.
Whatever It Takes
I decided that I really wanted my back pation to be a place that people would enjoy hanging out on. There is just something about flowers that makes people happy. Since space was limited, I picked up a couple of 6.1″ x 4.5″ x 5.7″ colorful flower pots that hang over the side of my patio fence, on the short side, for a couple of larger flower arrangements. Then I grabbed some smaller colorful pots to go along the longer side of the fence and fitted all of them with flowers.
My next step was to plant my veggies. This step took a lot more work. I had to turn up the ground and mix in some soil as well as raise and level out the entire open space between my concrete slab and the fence. It took some work, but we managed to plant several tomato plants, green beans, and sugar snap peas.
Accents and Final Touches
I had some space to play around with, so I picked up some larger flower pots and planted more flowers. After all, you can never have too many flowers, right? We finished off our little bit of paradise with some beautiful, solar-powered lights. We put some along the top of the fence and also some fairy lights around the border of the vegetable garden that we fenced in with a green wire fence.
*Let me apologize for the quality of these photos. This was last year’s garden, so they are old photos that somehow shrunk and had to be resized so that you could see what is going on. Unfortunately, I just did not have time to redo my garden this year.*
A garden like this does not take a whole lot of upkeep. One thing that I learned, though, is that you have to water your vegetable garden from the bottom. I watered mine too much from the top and pretty much killed my vegetables. I only got one good harvest from everything before my leaves started turning yellow and getting holes in them. The issue was not totally my fault, however. We had a wicked amount of rain that killed everything but my flowers after some time.
Learning Something New
I did learn something new. Whether you are a gardener or a farmer, you should know that mycorrhizal fungi is a good thing to have. It is responsible for getting the proper nutrients to your plants and, in turn, your plants will feed this fungi the carbohydrates it needs to thrive. This fungi helps strengthen the root system, so your plant can absorb those nutrients they so desparately need. Pretty cool fact, right? Now, you learned something new.
So, as you can see, you can easily have a beautiful garden even if you have super minimal space. Be sure to comment below and tell me about how you like to garden. What do you like to grown, and how much space do you have to do it?
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Tizzy Says…If you have time for drama, you are not gardening enough.