SPACE SAVING TECHNIQUES
Containers are a great way to plant veggies and herbs when you don't have time or space for an in ground garden. Containers are great for decks and patios but make sure they get the right amount of sun (not full blazing all day sun for lettuces) and they are not positioned under a roof line where they can drown with heavy rainfall. You will need to start with good soil and a pot that has holes or gravel in the bottom to let the water drain so your roots don't rot. Also ensure you have the right size pot for what you are planting so it can support the future root system. If pets dig in them, add rocks on top of the soil.
Vertical and Pallet Gardening.
The top two pictures show the benefits of vertical gardening. A great space saver, ensure that the structure supporting the veggies can support the weight of the vegetables produced. Pallet gardening is a great option for balconies or areas where you are unable to dig a garden but have plenty of sun. Ensure that you have enough soil matter to support the future root system, and that the pallet will have adequate drainage. Move it to its final destination before you water it to minimize the weight for moving. Never use pressure treated pallets that can leach chemicals.
Straw Bale Gardening.
This is a perfect option for those who are looking to have a temporary garden. A trick is to place the straw bales along a building where they will collect the rain water from a roofline, as drainage will not be a problem.
Turn the bale on its side, water it very well for a few
days, spread a granular organic fertilizer along it and water that in well for several more days. Then add a layer of soil on top and plant right in it. The middle of the bale will begin
decomposing - creating organic matter and compost to sustain the root systems. They are extremely heavy to move at the end of the season so bear this in mind.