Limited space is a big problem for most gardeners. If you have a small yard or outdoor living space. It doesn’t mean that you can’t create a garden. There are several tips and tricks by following them you can turn your small space into a stunning garden. All you need your little time and money for this purpose. Spring is the best season to start planting.
First, you should choose a garden design for your small space. It is very difficult to make a plan or design for little space. Be bold and strong for adding colors to your green area. Before starting, measure your area and figure out what type of plants and elements you need for the yard. Planning is very important before starting anything so you should need some knowledge and information about our plants and vegetables.
Whether you are dealing with a big garden or small plant appropriately according to the climate and soil of your area. It means that you pick the plants that match the growing conditions of your climate. Be careful when deciding the colors of your garden colors will make your small area feel. If you add a sitting area to your garden or yard then you can enjoy the site of your plants and fruit of your labor. Try to attract wildlife with feeders for example add a birdbath.
Whatever you do, it should be best, so make some research then you will be able to succeed in creating a stunning garden. Here we are going to discuss the 20 best ideas which will help you a lot to fill the colors of flowers in your life.
1- RECYCLED UPSIDE DOWN GARDEN
Recycling is the best way to reuse your waste things, in this way, you will save money and space. This idea is best for those who are living in an apartment.
You can also hang plants on the porch. You need tin cans for making this upside-down garden. Making small drainage holes at the base of the cans. Fill the can with soil and plant seedling in cans. You can grow flowers and herbs in these cans.
2- HANGING GUTTER GARDEN
Old gutters can be used to create hanging gardens. This idea is best for those who have limited spaces in their apartment; you can hang this vertical garden on your patio or deck. If you don’t have space for growing plants then in this way you will grow flowers and herbs easily even on your balcony.
3- DIY DRIP IRRIGATION SYSTEM
Plants need regular water so you have to create a system to provide water on dry days in summer. This system makes it possible for the roots of the plants to get regular water.
For making this system you need a plastic bottle, make holes around the sides of the bottle then stuff a sock in the bottle. Pour water into the bottle so the fabric of the sock will become wet and retain water. The fabric slowly distributes the water to the roots of your plants. When you want to give water just unscrew the cap and fill the bottle with water.
4- MICRO GREENHOUSE
If you are facing difficulty in starting seeds or cutting. A soda bottle can solve your problem and become a perfect micro greenhouse for your seeds and cuttings.
You need 2 liters of soda bottles, first cut the bottom off and remove the labels. After that put it in your small pots now your greenhouse is ready for your cute and small plants. When your seeds germinate you can remove the greenhouse.
5- CARDBOARD SEED TUBES
The easy way to start your seeds is using paper towel tubes. You will be surprised to know how paper towel tubes act as mini starter tubes. This is going to be very easy.
Just fill the tubes with a potting mix and plant your favorite seeds. When you see the seedlings are ready then you can plant them in the garden or yard. An interesting thing is that you can plant them right in their cardboard tubes because cardboard can easily decompose. Make it possible that you should keep below the soil surface.
6- GREENHOUSE FROM THE SALAD BAR
You should not throw out your salad bar after having your lunch. Save these plastic containers as it can be used as a micro greenhouse to start your seeds in spring.
After lunch washes your container thoroughly and makes small holes in the top part of the container for air circulation. Now fill the bottom part with a potting mix and plant your seeds. At this stage, plants need water to drink and close the lid. Your containers need a sunny spot, so they can get the required sunlight to sprout. This Mini greenhouse provides heat and light to the plants and holds moisture for them.
7- GARDEN IN A BAG
You can also grow plants in a bag in this way you can eliminate the need to till and ameliorate poor soil.
This idea will save your hours that you normally spend pulling weeds. This option is good for shallow-rooted plants like lettuce and tomatoes. Keep in your mind that deep-rooted plants always grow well in raised beds or deep containers, this idea is not for them.
8- REUSE WATER
The best hack for providing all major nutrients to your soil is reusing water. This is the water which you use in the boiling of pasta, eggs, and vegetables. First, leave that water to cool down, and after that use it. The water which you use for rinsing your veggies is perfect for refreshing plants.
9- MAKE YOUR INSECTICIDAL SOAP
If you make insecticidal soap at home it can be a non-toxic solution for preventing your plants from bugs.
The method of making this solution is very easy: just mix 1-2 drops of lemon essential oil, 1 tablespoon of pure liquid soap, and 1 quart of water. Now put this solution in a spray bottle. Keep it in your mind, don’t use dishwashing liquid because it can harm your plants and does not affect insects.
10- EASILY CHANGE PLANTS
This trick will help you a lot. You need plastic pots for this purpose and place your pots directly into the beds or ground. First, make a hole according to the size of the pots in the ground or bed then place your pot in these holes. When the season is changing or your blooms fade, you can remove old pots and place new plants in these pots.
11- PROPAGATE WITH POTATOES
Trim a branch from a rose bush and pop it into a potato. Now plant this potato in the ground and you will be surprised to see the result of this trick. This potato will help the new rose plant to retain moisture and biodegrade in the ground.
The length of the branch should be 8 inches and make sure to bury about ⅔ of the stalk in the ground.
12- FERTILIZE WITH COFFEE GROUNDS
Don’t throw your coffee grounds. The leftover grounds can be the source of providing important nutrients to your favorite plants. The most important benefit of coffee grounds is that they improve air circulation soil and promote water retention. They boost the drainage quality of your soil and increase the amount of nitrogen in the soil.
This trick is good for acid-loving plants such as azaleas, blueberries, carrots, and radishes.
13- ZIP UP YOUR VINES
Some plants can’t grow without any support. These vining plants look beautiful when you train them on any support. Zip ties or twist ties can help to manage your vines.
Don’t fasten these zip ties too tight as your plants will not be able to move and grow properly.
14- SOAK YOUR SEEDS
This trick will help your plants to germinate very fast. On most of the packets of seeds, this instruction is included that soak your seeds before planting.
This is a very old gardening trick, and it will make your work easier. The method of soaking the seeds is very easy. Just take warm water and leave your seeds for 24 hours. Take out the seeds from the water and at once sow them in the ground.
When you take out your seeds from the water make sure that don’t let them dry before planting them in the ground.
15- USE AN EGGSHELL AS A SEED STARTER
This is an incredible idea through which you can prepare your seedlings. Eggshells are a good source of providing calcium to the soil. When your seedlings are ready you can plant them into the ground as eggshells are easily degraded in the ground.
16- PINCH YOUR HERBS
In this way, you can encourage the new growth from the lower inactive buds. This is the best way of harvesting the leaves. Make sure pinch state at the little knob. Herbs enhance the quality of dishes and you need their small quantity daily. Just pinch a few leaves when needed and fulfill your requirement. Be careful when pinching you can also use a sharp scissor for this purpose.
17- EASILY TEST THE pH OF YOUR SOIL
The pH of the soil matters a lot. Plants grow well in fertile soil, and if you know about your soil, it will be easy for you to add those nutrients to the soil according to the need. Many plants like acidic soil and some prefer alkaline. You can buy a pH testing kit from any store, but by using a simple hack you can know about the pH of your soil very easily.
The ingredients which you need for this lack of baking soda vinegar and water. This will help you to get a specific pH reading of your soil. Take ¼ cup of soil which you want to check. Now mix soil with distilled water after that add some vinegar over the top.
If you see it fizzes, it means that it is alkaline. Now you need another sample of your soil but this time uses baking soda instead of vinegar if you see bubbles this time it means that the soil is acidic. If nothing happens in both experiments, it means that your soil is neutral. This is an easy way to find the nature of your soil.
18- ADD DECOR FOR EXTRA COLOR
This idea will work great on Windows days when nothing is blooming. At this time decorative elements will add color to your growing area or yard.
The decorative elements show your creativity, it depends on your aesthetic sense. The elements such as statues, stepping stones, water globes, and artificial lights will add a visual effect to your green area. Try to make your growing space such an area which will become the place of your house where you like to spend your free time.
19- TEST YOUR SEEDS IN WATER
Soaking seeds will help to fasten the germination process of your seeds. There is another benefit of soaking seeds is that you can identify the age of your seeds. Those seeds float on the water past their prime time and you should avoid planting them in the ground. This hack is the best way to identify the quality of your seeds.
20- PREVENT DIRTY NAILS
After working in the soil it is tough to get out the dirt from your nails. By following this trick you can prevent your nails. This is a very simple hack ok just take a bar of soap and scrape your nails on it. Make sure soap should stay in your nails while you are working. Now your nails will save from the dirt and there is no need for a new manicure.
These simple and unique hacks will help you with gardening and make your small area special. Follow these tips and tricks and make your life easier.