It’s been a pretty mild winter here so far, which is making me more impatient than usual for gardening season to start. I’ve begun the planning stages for this year’s garden. I want to grow more things this year, but we have a small city lot, so I’ve been looking for ideas on how to grow upwards and creatively use the space we have without sacrificing our entire backyard. It’s also important that it looks nice since we spend a lot of time out there and entertain on occasion. I’ve been pinning my favorite ideas to my pinterest board. Here are a few that will most likely see their way into my backyard.
I wish I had seen these pyramid planters when I put our strawberries in last spring! It would have saved them from sprawling all over our rock garden. And I could have grown more. This year I might add some more plants in one of these and if works out, I can remove the old, sprawling plants.
And I think I might try a gutter garden on the side of our garage for salad greens.
Because of our lack of space, and my love of squash and melons, I usually trellis my vining fruits and veggies. I sometimes have trouble with the trellis not being sturdy enough though. This seems like a great, and inexpensive, solution that would be easy to make.
I like this tomato trellis too. It looks nicer than the metal cages I normally use. And it is something I can make myself. I’m thinking it might be a little sturdier too, which is always good.
And these re-purposed wood frames would be a great spot for potted herbs and flowers to add some color at eye level.
I just put in a seed order. I found a purveyor of local seeds and I’m excited to get them. Although I’ve probably ordered too many and will end up handing some out the neighbors. I do it every year. My eyes and ambitions end up being bigger than my actual garden. I’m hoping some of these ideas will help with that this year though.
Are you planning your garden yet? What are you planning to put in yours? Do you have any ideas for gardening in small spaces?