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Planting in Small Spaces

You don’t need a huge plot of land to grow your own food – there are plenty of ways to plant in small spaces!

Only have a small space for your plants? Learn how to get the most out of your small space with these top tips from Paul West

  • Even if you’ve only got a balcony, small containers are great for capsicums, lettuce, spinach, kale, rocket, eggplants, herbs. And if you’ve got a little more room, larger containers are great for veges like beans and zucchinis, and in many instances, even small citrus trees. Keep in mind that root vegetables need a decent amount of soil to grow into – this is where deeper containers and pots come into the mix.
  • Another tip is to plant vertically. Climbing plants such as runner beans, peas, grapevines all suit this style of planting, and as long as you create a trellis for them to run up, you could be picking your own in no time. You can also plant vertically by using a piece of board or old pallet and securing rectangular pots or old guttering to it and planting herbs and other leafy greens in there.  
  • Hanging baskets are another tried and tested method. Strawberries, herbs & salad leaves are all suited to this method of growing and it’s a great way to avoid slugs and snails.
  • The most important things to remember are - make sure there are drainage holes in your containers; that you don’t let the soil in your pots dry out; and that your plants get at least 4 hours of sun a day.

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