5 Space-Saving Ideas for Urban Gardeners

5 Space-Saving Ideas for Urban Gardeners

With the rise of city living and soaring house prices, more and more gardeners are being forced to compromise on outdoor space. But resourceful green-fingered types can still enjoy the pleasure of growing plants – and even crops – in the smallest of spaces. It’s all a matter of using the right tools and techniques.

Vertical planters

Hanging pocket planters are a quick and easy way to grow anything from herb gardens and salad crops to colourful flowers, on even the smallest balcony. Attach to a wall, door, fence, or the side of a shed. These are a good choice for growing Million bells because the plant sends flowers on a trail, making an attractive display in a variety of colours and patterns.

Cold frames

Essentially a box with a glass sloping lid, a cold frame is a neat and contained way to grow fruit, vegetables and plants. A space-saving gardener's alternative to a greenhouse, a cold frame can provide extra warmth for tender summer crops, such as tomatoes and chillies, as well as providing protection from frosts and strong winds in the winter.

Square-foot gardens

Retired engineer and efficiency expert Mel Bartholomew found a solution to the frustrations of gardening in cramped conditions with his ‘square foot gardening’ method. Gardening areas are divided into small square sections, allowing for small but intensively planted vegetable gardens. A tool well worth adding to any space saving gardener's utility belt! Learn more about his revolutionary idea in his renowned book Square Foot Gardening: A New Way to Garden in Less Space With Less Work.

Grow Bag

Grow bags (or growing bags) are a great way to grow flowers, fruits or vegetables, such as tomatoes, aubergines, chillies and cucumbers on sunny patios and balconies. This simple step-by-step tutorial shows you how to grow tomatoes in a growing bag. 

Railing planters

Perfect for balconies, these nifty space-saving planters can be slotted or hooked onto railings or decking fences to proved a riot of colour at eye level, without taking up valuable floor space. Zinc troughs filled with lavender or Rhododendron add a rustic French touch to an outdoor space while colourful pots in eye-popping shades are perfect for the modern urban gardener.

Always remember, you might think living in the city means that you're gardening prospects are scarce. But with the help of the Garden Centre Guide, there's always something green to be getting on with. Find your local garden centre today and get started!

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