You don’t need a large space to grow a bounty of vegetables. In fact, some of the most creative and innovative gardeners are growing veggies in places you wouldn’t expect. From recycled plastic bottles to old furniture, these ideas will help you create the perfect garden for your home or apartment this season.
Grow hearty veggies in a plastic bottle.
In addition to growing veggies in a garden bed, you can also use plastic bottles to grow lettuce, spinach, radishes, and other greens. You can also use them to grow tomatoes, peppers, and other veggies. You can even grow herbs inside the bottles—and then just cut off part of the top when ready! Another great idea is to plant potatoes in a bottle so that you don’t have to buy any soil or fertilizer for your garden foods.
Build yourself a terrarium.
A terrarium is a self-contained ecosystem that needs little maintenance. This means that you’re basically growing plants in an environment that’s already set up, so all you have to do is add the plants!
Terraiums are pretty easy to make, too: all you need is some glass or plastic, some drainage rocks (you can get these from any pet store), soil and your chosen plant(s). The soil should be rich in nutrients but also allow for good drainage; if it doesn’t drain properly then your plants will not survive long!
When making a terrarium yourself, think about what plants might work best together. Because they need lots of water and light — two things which may be limited in an enclosed space like this — consider using plants which need less moisture or those with longer roots that can reach further down into the ground than others would able to go without running out of oxygen (like succulents).
Build your own tomato cage.
You can create a tomato cage out of wood or metal, but the easiest way to do so is by using PVC pipe. This is because PVC is lightweight, flexible and inexpensive.
- Cut four pieces of PVC pipe that are each 4 feet long with either a hacksaw or handsaw (or use a sawzall if you want to get fancy).
- Screw two of these pieces together end-to-end using a screwdriver and nuts/bolts, leaving about two inches in between them for support. Repeat this step for the other two sets of pieces as well – this will give you an 8-foot long “X” shape made from four 1/2 inch diameter pipes that’s perfect for holding tomatoes!
- Attach metal stakes at the joints where all four sections meet up with screws and washers on both sides so everything stays secure together during windy conditions or when sitting on top of soil which tends to shift around quite often over time due to rain storms during summer months like now where we live near Seattle Washington USA where it rains frequently during fall winter seasons too!
Upcycle old furniture into a garden.
Upcycle old furniture into a garden.
- Upcycling is the process of converting waste materials or useless products into new materials and objects of better quality or for better environmental value.
- This can be done by saving your old wooden chairs and stools that are no longer in use, turning them into planters for growing vegetables, herbs or flower plants.
For example: If you have an old wooden chair that no longer serves any purpose in your home, you can use it as a planter to grow tomatoes.
Or if you have an old wooden stool/bench which has been used for sitting on but is not sturdy enough anymore, then it can be turned into a vegetable garden box where various vegetables like carrots and onions can be planted
This will help save space on land as well as water usage because these boxes do not require much water unlike conventional garden beds.
Plant herbs in old plastic bottles.
- Use a plastic bottle with a wide mouth to create your own mini greenhouse.
- Cut the bottle in half, either straight down or at an angle.
- Fill the bottom half of the bottle with potting soil and plant herbs in it. Make sure that you water your plants regularly, as they will be unable to absorb moisture from the air on their own due to their enclosed environment.
- Place the top part of the plastic container overtop of its counterpart and place them both outside in a sunny spot for maximum sunlight exposure!
Use plastic piping to grow potatoes.
I love potatoes, and this is a great way to grow some delicious ones. All you need is a piece of plastic piping (1 inch wide or so), which you can buy at your local hardware store. You’ll also need some soil, some potato seeds and a little water. Place the pipe in the ground with its bottom at least 6 inches below the surface, then cover the top with soil and plant your potato seeds. The potatoes will grow up through the pipe, which makes them easy to harvest when they’re ready!
Use burlap sacks to grow potatoes.
Use burlap sacks to grow potatoes.
- Make a hole in the top of the bag and place one or more seed potatoes into the soil, then cover them with soil to keep them from drying out too quickly. To achieve this, I like to use a spade or trowel as they’re easier on my back than trying to dig with hand tools like a shovel or axe, but it’s up to you!
- Watering and fertilization is important once your plants begin growing leaves—water until you see water coming through holes on the bottom of your planter container (which will happen once roots form), then stop watering until dryness occurs again–then repeat until harvest time!
- Harvest when all foliage has died off and skins are hard (about two months after planting), then wash away dirt from outside surfaces before storing in cool dry areas such as basements/cellars so they’ll last longer without spoiling too soon after picking them up yourself instead of having someone else do it for less money than what we would’ve paid someone else with their rates being so low because most people don’t realize how much work goes into harvesting these pricey vegetables either way so please consider doing some research before committing fully towards any given method
Grow veggies in stacked tires.
So you’re not looking to grow your veggies in the ground? Consider stacking tires. You can use old tires, as long as they aren’t too damaged from being on the road. Just make sure that you clean them off and remove any sharp objects before adding them to your garden.
Once you have your tires stacked up, get yourself a garden hose. Fill up each tire with water so that it’s 3/4 full of water, then place some rocks or other items inside (you’ll want to keep the soil from falling out while still providing stability).
Now that all of your tires are full of water and set up vertically, it’s time to add some plants! You can choose between tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers. If using a particular type of plant requires more space than what one tire gives you (such as zucchini), make sure that each section is at least 6 inches deep so that roots won’t be disturbed when moving between sections.
Grow carrots under a raised shelf.
Carrot Growing In A Raised Shelf
You can grow carrots in a raised shelf by placing some soil, compost, and fertilizer on top of the shelf. Then, plant your seeds in holes that are about 1 inch deep and 6 inches apart from each other. Once your plants grow tall enough to touch the top of the shelf, place another layer of soil on top so that it covers all but half an inch of each plant’s root system. This will give them enough sun and nutrients while preventing them from becoming too long or spindly due to lack of space!
For more information on this topic: http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/carrots/growing-carrots-in-a-raised-shelf/.
Plant strawberries in a ceramic pot or old tin can hanging from the wall or fence.
If you have a few containers hanging around, try planting strawberries in them. They are easy to grow and they can be planted in almost any container. You can even use an old tin can or ceramic pot that you might have lying around your house. Strawberries like a little protection from the elements and will benefit from being planted in a container that hangs from the wall or fence where it will receive some shade during the day and stay cool at night.
Strawberries make great indoor plants too! A sunny window sill is all they need for warmth during winter months when other plants are dormant (limited growth). In fact, this is one of my favorite ways to grow my own food year-round! All you need is a little soil, water every couple days if needed depending on how much light your windows receive throughout the day/night cycle –and voila! Fresh organic strawberries ready anytime you want with minimal effort required on your part once everything has been established properly over time.”
You can be creative and grow vegetables anywhere!
- Be creative! Use recycled materials to make planters.
- Use what you already have. If you don’t have any soil, make some using ingredients like compost, coir and vermiculite in a bin.
- Use what you can find. Do you have an old tub or barrel that might work as a planter? How about that old dresser or chest? You could even use an empty cardboard box!
- Grow vegetables in the space you have available – whether it’s outside or inside your home – think creatively about how to maximise the area available for growing food for yourself or your family
There are many ways to grow vegetables, plants and herbs. We’ve listed some of our favourites but there are countless others that you can try. The most important thing is to experiment and see what works best for your garden space and lifestyle. If you have any tips or tricks we didn’t mention here, please share them with us in the comments section below!