Modern Gardening

How to Have a Fresh Veggie, Fruit, and Herb Garden in Small Spaces

Imagine this. You walk outside on a warm June evening, the smell of fresh cut Grass fills your senses. You glide over to your abundant garden, full of Lettuce, Tomatoes, and Summer Squash. You pick a few Cherry Tomatoes, and pop them into your mouth. The sweet satisfaction of a hard summers work finally pays off.

You open your eyes, realize you live in a rented 2nd story apartment with no yard, and feel defeated. Will your garden only grow in your dreams?

With the rental movement on the rise, and housing becoming more restrictive, it can be difficult to find the proper space to plant anything. But as Jurassic Park has taught us, life finds a way. Whether you have a small studio apartment, an HOA, or simply want a beautiful garden with minimal maintenance, we have a few ideas to turn your gardening dreams into reality.

We used our Liberte Pot & Saucer from Chive to house Lettuce, Cilantro, and Basil. We love the teacup feel, and there’s hole in the bottom for proper drainage!

Pot it Up

Who says you need to have a plot of land to have a gorgeous garden?
Many herbs as well as Lettuce and Spinach can be grown indoors successfully. Be sure to talk to your local garden store for specifics.

This not only allows you to grow your favorite veggies wherever you’d like, but also to add fun visual interest to your humble abode.

2 birds, 1 stone. Love it.

DIY Compact Your Compost


Speaking of 2 birds with 1 stone, check out this multi-functioning beauty. If you’re anything like me, you don’t want to throw food into the trash, only for it to sit in the landfill and never decompose. And, if you’re anything like me, you don’t have space for a heap of compost in your yard, or kitchen— or really anywhere. Introducing the DIY Garden Tower! Quiet Corner, a resource for making life easier, published this awesome tutorial on how to make you’re own Compost/Garden Tower. You can put kitchen scraps and worms in the center compost pipe to feed and grow up to 45 healthy, nutritious plants in the outer pockets. Who’s up for this DIY project this weekend?!

Raise it Up

If you happen to have a yard, even if it’s small:

A. I’m jealous

B. You can have an amazing outdoor garden in a raised garden bed!

Not only is this a space saver, it’s a relatively easy way to implement edible landscaping without using heavy rototillers, moving rock, or digging at all. Build your raised bed up to waist level if you can, your back and knees will thank you later!

What are some of the ways you’ve innovated you’re gardening tactics?