Garden Too Small? Here Are Some Alternatives

Buffing up your garden is a strenuous task especially if you have kept it unchecked for a very long time. It makes it even worse when you garden is small—there simply isn’t enough room to do all of the improvements that you want! Making use of a small garden is hard and there aren’t many things you can do with it. For instance, many people use their gardens to plant lovely flowers and maybe even grow their own fruits, vegetables or herbs to use in the kitchen. Sadly, this isn’t really possible for a small garden because you probably don’t have enough space, and that space might be taken up by other things such as a shed, a footpath or even covered by trees and branches from neighbours.


Thankfully, a small garden doesn’t have to be the end of the world and you probably won’t need to move home in order to get a bigger backyard (although that is a completely legitimate reason to move home!) so this article will go through some fancy, practical and cheap alternatives to planting when your garden is simply just too small. Some of these suggestions will cost money, but it’s worth the price to pay unless you really want to move homes to get a bigger garden.



Indoor Planting


There are some very creative indoor gardening projects that you can get inspiration from if you want to bring some of your plants indoors. Many people prefer to grow their flowers in their gardens and then bring them inside for display or to hang them on various decorations. However, there’s nothing wrong with growing them indoors assuming you can give them enough sunlight and fresh, clean air. The simplest way is to get containers such as plant pots (you can get creative and use other things like wine bottles and glasses too!) and fill them with nutrient-rich soil. Simply plant the flowers in the pot and water them as usual. Be sure to place these plants in areas that are rich in sunlight, such as close to your garden or a window that lets in a lot of sunlight.


The larger your plants, the more you’re going to have to keep them in check. Keep an eye on them so that they don’t grow and disrupt your daily life, such as growing unchecked and spreading across tables, creeping up the walls or even getting in the way of your walking paths. For smaller plants, you can keep them in small pots or creative little containers that you could even make yourself. Some people even use mugs, glasses and even jars to grow plants. As long as the container can hold enough soil and is deep enough for the roots to grow, you should be fine—just remember to water them!


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Rent an Allotment


If you really want to experience the joys of running your own garden but moving or expanding isn’t an option, then consider renting an allotment. You can typically apply for one by speaking with local authorities or looking online for a directory. Allotments are basically small plots of land that are rented out for the purpose of gardening. People usually rent allotments to grow vegetables, fruits, herbs or even flowers and then take them home to use. If you’re unsure about how to go about renting an allotment, then you can seek out some expert allotment advice by searching on the internet or Googling. However, allotment pricing and sizes will depend on where you live.


Most allotments aren’t exactly prepared for gardening. In fact, most allotments are just forgotten plots of land that the owners want to turn into cash. This means that allotments you purchase or rent are most likely run-down, full of weeds and need a lot of renovation before they are suitable for growing anything other than weeds. Make sure that you visit the allotment before making any proper decisions and don’t rely on photographs as a representation of what the allotment looks like.


Purchasing an allotment can be extremely time consuming and might even use up a lot of money in the process. A good place to start is to strip out all of the weeds. You can do this by covering the entire plot with thick black plastic for a couple of months to block out the sun and rain from keeping the weeds alive. The alternate method is to simply dig out all of the weeds and trimming down the lawn. This is much more stressful and labour intensive, but it’s the quickest way to get the job done. You could hire gardeners or ask friends and families to help you out should you need it. However, once the job is done (or the wait is over) you’ll have to clean up the plot and then you can begin planting.


Final Words


There isn’t too much you can do with a small garden, but if you really need the space then your best option is to bring your gardening indoors. There are many other indoor gardening setups that you can use, but if you can’t find a suitable way to install indoor gardening equipment then your next best option is to rent an allotment.


However, another great way to cope with a small garden is to simply accept it for what it is. When we make our house our homes, we generally accept it for all the possible flaws and problems that it might come with. If you’re trying to stick with a small garden, then remember that there are plenty of excellent mini-garden ideas that you can take inspiration from. For instance, multi-tiered planters, getting rid of unnecessary trees and shortening walk paths so allow for more space.
If you really can’t embrace the idea of a small garden or travelling out to an allotment in order to do your gardening, then the only option left is to renovate your home and shorten rooms to make more space in your backyard, or simply move home—both of which are expensive options!


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