Easy Edible Gardens - heres where to start
If you're like me, growing anything is a HUGE accomplishment. So having a whole garden seems like a big undertaking, especially in a rental or small space. This article sums up the how, where and when so hopefully you and I can actually produce something this year.
Create a container food garden on your patio. No weeding, no walking across the yard to water it. Right in front of your kitchen window is ideal so you don't forget to water it. “I always recommend leafy greens, because they’re easy to grow in containers, and they do well in partial sun,”
Lacking space? Look up! “I’ve seen people grow vining plants from a balcony box, either growing them down or to the side,” says Biggs. “It’s a fantastic idea in an urban setting to make the use of your space.” Hang them off your roof or create lattice for them to grow up. Ideas for this are tomato's, strawberries, snow pease and raspberries.
For people living in urban areas with no green space at all, take a second look at your driveway or the alleyway between your home and your neighbours’; it’s the perfect spot for a straw bale food garden. “I’ve been doing straw bale gardening for three years, and I’m excited about it because it’s a really easy, quick way to start: The bale is both your growing medium and your container,”. Three to four weeks before you plant, water your bales and add fertilizer so it starts to decompose. Then, plant right into the bale.
Don’t forget your front yard. You might want to use fencing to keep the animals and critters out.
How to handle pests. Your edible garden can be an outdoor buffet to local wildlife, and many homeowners prefer not to spread pesticides everywhere. “Squirrels and raccoons can get into all sorts of spaces unless you physically exclude them, and you can do that with wire mesh when you’re gardening on a smaller scale,” .
No yard? No problem! Even if you don’t have a yard, patio or balcony, you can still grow food on a windowsill.