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60. Living with a Small Area
If you live in town, or in the city but you still love to garden, you do have a few alternatives to creating a great garden space to grow vegetables or flowers for your enjoyment! While I did live in town for a few years, a moose just does not ‘fit in’ so I moved back out to the country where I have all the space I need. When I lived in town, it was a small town with only enough lawn space to hang clothes and add a picnic table for summer use. So what did I do to make my gardens fit my living space? – Use some of my small space garden ideas and add more to create the look you want while still having a garden you can treasure.
Along my first floor windows, I added flower boxes. This is where I grew most of my annuals, from seed because I could easily reach them and they where out of walking path. I had two windows on each side of the house, so this was in inexpensive yet pretty way to give me extra gardening space.
Along the short driveway that I have, I dug up the sod about eight inches on both sides and carted in some new soil. I grew most of my perennials here because I know that this would not be an area that I would work on often, but I wanted more flowers and color in my life. I still added a few annuals in spaces while the perennials where ‘growing’ to fill in the spaces.
I had four corners on my driveway so I added four large barrels. The wood barrels with the metal slats looked nice, I planted some daffodil bulbs for the spring look, and then I added snow on the mountain for summer and fall foliage that would add more life to my little home. Snow on the mountain is often used as a border or along side a house where you can’t much else to grow but in clumps in my barrel, they filled out nicely.
Along side the kitchen, I had a very small porch area what had four white railings leading up to the roof. I hung my seed bags on these and in no time at all in the spring I had beautiful hanging flowers that really welcomed me home at night.
Around back, there was a little larger deck area that I added four larger grow boxes that I kept my tomatoes, peppers and a few onions in. I couldn’t go without having a few vegetables about and it was nice that I could change the crops every spring if I really wanted too.
Using some of these ideas to spruce up your plain yard or home, while still letting your enjoy the colors of life that flowers hold will keep you busy in the spring months even if you live in town.
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