Limited Outdoor Space
Ryan and I live on a very small piece of property, not even ours in fact. We own our modest, little manufactured home, that sits in a community of others. I would love to have a huge backyard with tons of our own space to do with as we please, but that is not our reality.🙄
I try to make the most of our space during the growing season and that brings me to my project for this year. We have just about reclaimed the backyard from all the weeds and grass that has overtaken the flower beds and garden boxes all winter and spring. Don’t even get me started on the spiders and other bugs that are everywhere when you first disrupt their home. Ick! And now I am ready for a project!
If you are like Ryan and I, with limited outdoor space, you might be interested in
some of these ideas I’ve found and put together. How to make the most of small areas…Utilize vertical spaces! So here goes…I am not an expert, but these are some of the things I’ve been considering when designing our plan for the vertical garden area. Take into consideration how much sun exposure your area gets. Our backyard faces the west so very little area gets that full sun.
My first experiment with our vertical planters is on the north and west side of our house. It just barely gets full sun along the fence area so we have installed some gutters for spinach, lettuce, and the whole back side is my experimental herb garden.
Vertical gardening ideas have been something Ive been interested in for a few years now. And I think Ryan is on board with me on this. If I can keep it alive and it thrives here, I will add more!My one concern is drying out with such a shallow area. I am thinking some type of peat moss to help lock in more moisture? Or maybe I should have put moss in the bottoms! 🤔It’s all an experiment at this point.
We used simple metal gutters used find in a hardware store. Ryan drilled holes along the back to attach to a pour fencing and also drilled a few drain holes. After filling the gutters with soil, plants and watering we noticed a bit of sagging. This can be remedied easily with some zip ties wrapped around the fencing and the whole gutter to pull it back into place.
Thanks for reading! If you have a vertical garden area and you have any tips for me, please leave them in the comments! And for those of you that have a tiny outdoor space like us, don’t be discouraged, just get creative!
I’ll post an update this summer and let you know how our project is going! Wish me luck!🤞🏻 Happy Gardening!
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