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Gardening in a small space

Many people in Zambia have access to some land where they can grow food but at the same time in urban areas, this is not always the case. High density compounds are notorious for having very little outdoor space and more an more we have families living in flats which do not have an outside garden. Even with these challenges, gardening in a small area is not only possible but also incredibly rewarding.

Vertical Gardening Gardening in a small space:

Growing Loofah plant on pergola

When space is limited, think upwards! Vertical gardening is a fantastic technique that allows you to grow plants in a vertical plane, utilizing walls, fences, or trellises. By using hanging baskets, wall-mounted planters, or stacking containers, you can effectively maximize your growing area. Vining vegetables like tomatoes, cucumbers, or beans are excellent choices for vertical gardening.

Container Gardening:

Growing plants in buckets

Embrace the versatility of container gardening as this method allows you to grow a wide range of plants, including herbs, lettuce, peppers, and flowers. Containers come in all shapes and sizes, allows you a large selection of containers depending on your look. You can use plant pots, but an even better idea is to reuse old containers, from plastic water bottles to buckets or old tires. Remember to make several holes at the bottom of these to ensure that water drains out and does not 'drown' the plants.

Hanging Gardens:

Flowers in a Hanging Basket

Don't neglect overhead space! Hanging gardens are an clever way to add greenery to a small garden. Hang baskets or pots from hooks, beams, or balcony railings. This technique works well for herbs, strawberries, cherry tomatoes, and trailing flowers. Remember to water these carefully to prevent excess drips or spills.

Companion Planting:

Make the most of every inch of your garden by practicing companion planting. This method involves growing compatible plants together, where they can benefit from each other's growth and repel pests naturally. For example, plant tall-growing vegetables like corn or sunflowers as a natural trellis for climbing beans or cucumbers. This symbiotic relationship maximizes space while promoting plant health.

Gardening in a small space may present challenges, but with these strategies, you can turn limitations into opportunities.

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